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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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Few great poems make good hymns, but this is a supreme exception. George Herbert could have risen to high office in the state and Church, but chose the life of a priest at the small country church of Bemerton, in Wiltshire. Most of his poems are too intricate to be hymns, but this, despite some archaic expressions, speaks simply of his dependence on God and his total commitment to praise. The music in the words is strong, and gives the tune-writer a beginning, with the alternation of long and short lines. Malcolm Archer provides a reflective tune, perhaps as a foil to the one that is better known. In each short line the last-but-one word bears the weight of the meaning, and this is given a leaning group of two notes to express its importance. Redland is a district of Bristol where the composer was living at the time.
King of Glory, King of Peace,
I will love thee;
And, that love may never cease,
I will move thee.
Thou hast granted my request,
Thou hast heard me;
Thou didst note my working breast,
Thou hast spared me.
Wherefore with my utmost art
I will sing thee,
And the cream of all my heart
I will bring thee.
Though my sins against me cried,
Thou didst clear me;
And alone, when they replied,
Thou didst hear me.
Seven whole days, not one in seven,
I will praise thee;
In my heart, though not in heaven,
I can raise thee.
Small it is, in this poor sort
To enrol thee:
Ev’n eternity’s too short
To extol thee.