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In Thee Be All Our Glory

Composer Plainsong, arr.Alfred V. Fedak
Text Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153)
Voicing
SATB and organ
Topics Christian Life, Love of God
Length
3' 05" Price $1.60 (U.S.) Released 12/97
Catalog no. 410-608 Difficulty Moderately difficult

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Review
"Al Fedak's 'In Thee Be All Our Glory" is, in fact, a setting of Edward Caswall's translation of Jesu dulcis memoria ('Jesus, the very thought of thee') based on the plainsong tune. Anthem settings of well-known plainsong melodies are notoriously tricky, but when they work­as this one abundantly does!­they are pure gold. This is a winner!" -Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, December 1998

Description
Fedak has paired the plainsong melody Jesu dulcis memoria with Edward Caswall's familiar translation of its original Latin text, "Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee." The result is a Christian love-song of great beauty and deep emotion, particularly suitable for lenten or communion use. Except for a brief a cappella passage, the voices are well supported by the organ accompaniment.

Anthem text
Jesus the very thought of Thee
with sweetness fills my breast,
but sweeter far Thy face to see,
and in Thy presence rest.

No voice can sing, no heart can frame,
nor can the mind recall
a sweeter sound than Jesus' name,
the Savior of us all.

O hope of every contrite heart,
O joy of all the meek,
to those who fall how kind Thou art,
how good to those who seek!

But what to those who find?
Ah, this no tongue nor pen can show:
the love of Jesus, what it is none
none but His loved ones know.

Jesus, our only joy be Thou,
as Thou our prize wilt be.
In Thee be all our glory now
and to eternity.

Text: Attr. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153); tr. Edward Caswall, 1849, alt.

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