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St Paul's

First line:
Lord Jesus, think on me
composer
NEH 70ii
author of text
translator of text

 
The huge repertoire of hymns of the Greek Orthodox Church has been raided effectively for a few fine hymns in English, although often the original is not translated but provides a beginning for the new hymn. So it is here. Synesius wrote a large cycle of hymns on Christian doctrine and at the end a small personal prayer. This provided A W Chatfield, a mid-nineteenth-century vicar, with the seed for this penitential hymn, with its litany-like repetition of the first line.

The tune is by John Stainer, who was organist of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, from 1872 to 1888. He wrote it for these words in 1874 for inclusion in the 1875 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern.

from notes by Alan Luff © 2002

Recordings

Praise to the Lord
CDH55036
The English Hymn, Vol. 3 – Hills of the north, rejoice
CDP12103

Details

Track 8 on CDP12103 [1'56]
Track 15 on CDH55036 [2'17]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55036 track 15

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-03615
Duration
2'17
Recording date
3 February 1989
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Praise to the Lord (CDH55036)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: September 1999
  2. Praise to the Lord (CDH88036)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: October 1989
    Deletion date: September 1999
    Superseded by CDH55036
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