O Lord, Thou art my God (Samuel Sebastian Wesley)

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General Information

Title: O Lord, Thou Art My God
Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley
Source of text: Verses from Isaiah 25, Psalm 33, 1 Corinthians 15 & Wisdom 3:9.

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
Soloists: B
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published:

Description: This anthem, Wesley's longest composition, was his Oxford doctoral exercise. It was first performed by the choir of Magdalen College in June 1839.

External websites:

Original text and translations

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Is. 25:1  O Lord, Thou art my God; I will exalt you, I will praise Thy name;Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. Thou hast done wonderful things, Thy counsels of old are truth.
Is. 25:4a  For Thou hast been a strength to the poor and needy in his distress. O Lord, Thou art my God and I will praise Thy name.
Ps.33:21  For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
Ps.33:22  Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us according as we hope in thee.
Is. 25:8  He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe tears from off all faces; the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth for the Lord hath spoken it.
1 Cor. 15:53b  For this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Cor. 15:34a  Awake to righteousness, awake and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God:
Wis. 3:9  They that put their trust in him shall understand the truth.
1 Cor.15:51b  We shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed
1 Cor.15:52a  in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
Is.25:9  And in that day it shall be said: this is our God, we have waited for him and he will save us. This is the Lord and he will save us: we will be glad, we will rejoice in his salvation.