God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in mine eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in mine heart, and in my thinking; God be at [my end, and in]1 my departing.
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1 Dyson: "mine end, and at"
- by Bible or other Sacred Texts , appears in Sarum Primer, first published 1558 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Frank W. Boles (b. 1950), "God be in my head" [chorus] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Gordon Crosse (b. 1937), "Prayer: God be in my head, and in my understanding", op. 17 no. 3 (1966), published 1967, first performed 1966 [soprano, baritone, mixed chorus, and orchestra], from Changes - A Nocturnal Cycle, no. 3, London : Oxford University Press [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by John (Milford) Rutter, CBE (b. 1945), "God be in my head" [chorus] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Elizabeth Walton Vercoe (b. 1941), "God be in my head, and in my understanding" [mezzo-soprano or soprano and piano], from the stage composition Herstory III: Jehanne de Lorraine, no. 12, confirmed with composer's website [ sung text checked 1 time]
This text (or a part of it) is used in a work
- by George Dyson (1883 - 1964), "Rise, O my soul", 1945-9, from Quo Vadis: a Cycle of Poems, no. 2
Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:
- Also set in English, [adaptation] ; composed by Elinor Remick Warren.
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2005-09-02
Line count: 5
Word count: 45