My soul, what dost thou? (Oliver Hayes)

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  • CPDL #23544:        (Finale 2004)
Editor: Oliver Hayes (submitted 2011-05-12).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 95 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: My soul, what dost thou?
Composer: Oliver Hayes
Lyricist: Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2011

Description: This is the hymn tune Papa Stronsay, based on Orcadian songs! It has been written for one of the lesser known hymns to the Blessed Sacrament by St. Alphonsus Maria di Liguori, while staying with the Transalpine Redemptorists on Papa Stronsay, Orkney Islands.

Original text and translations

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1. My soul, what dost thou? Answer me:
love God, who loves thee well,
love only does he ask of thee,
canst thou his love repel?

2. See, how on earth for love of thee,
in lowly form of bread,
the sovereign good and majesty,
his dwelling place has made.

3. He bids thee now his friendship prove,
and at his table eat;
to share the bread of life and love,
his own true flesh thy meat.

4. What other gift so great, so high,
could God himself impart?
Could love divine do more to buy,
the love of my poor heart?

5. Though once, in agonies of pain,
upon the cross he died,
a love so great, not even then
was wholly satisfied.

6. Not till the hour when he had found
the sweet mysterious way
to join his heart in closest bond
to this poor heart of clay.

7. How then, amid such ardent flame,
my soul, dost thou not burn?
Canst thou refuse, for very shame,
a loving heart's return?

8. Then yield my heart, at length to love,
that God of charity,
who gives his very self to prove,
the love he bears to thee.