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Power eternal, power unknown, uncreate

Language: English

Power eternal, power unknown, uncreate 
Force of force, fate of fate.
Beauty and light are thy seeing, 
Wisdom and right thy decreeing, 
Life of life is thy being. 
In the smile of thine infinite starry gleam, 
Without beginning or end, 
Measure or number, 
Beyond time and space, 
Without foe or friend, 
In the void of thy formless embrace, 
All things pass as a dream 
Of thine unbroken slumber.


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First published in Cornhill Magazine, September 1898

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Authorship


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by John (Nicholson) Ireland (1879 - 1962), "Power eternal, power unknown, uncreate", 1947-48, first performed 1948 [chorus and instrumental ensemble], from the cantata Man in his labour rejoiceth, no. 1, note: for 9 choirs, 4 pipe bands, and 8 colliery brass bands; the brass band parts were lost and replaced by new ones recreated by Andrew Duncan for a new edition published in 2012 by The Music Company (UK) Ltd [ sung text not verified ]

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Text added to the website: 2009-01-29.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:05
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Word count: 68

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