Non Nobis, Domine! Not unto us, O Lord, The praise and glory be Of any deed or word. For in Thy judgement lies To crown or bring to nought All knowledge and device That man has reached or wrought. And we confess our blame, How all too high we hold That noise which men call fame, That dross which men call gold. For these we undergo Our hot and godless days, But in our souls we know Not unto us the praise. O Power by whom we live Creator, Judge and Friend, Upholdingly forgive, Nor leave us at the end. But grant us yet to see, In all our piteous ways, Non Nobis, Domine, Not unto us the praise.
- by Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936), "Non Nobis, Domine!", appears in The Hymnal 1940, first published 1934 [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 Roger Quilter (1877 - 1953), "Non Nobis, Domine!", published 1938. [voice and piano] [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: David K. Smythe
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