As Pants the Hart
Text Psalm 42; para. Tate and Brady, 1649
Voicing SATB and organ
Church Season Great Vigil of Easter
Length 4' 00" Price $1.60 (U.S.) Released
Catalog no. 410-843 Difficulty Moderately easy
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"The rolling melody of this hymn
anthem owes much to pentatonic tunes found in eighteenth- and
nineteenth-century American hymnals. Everything about this setting
is completely agreeable. It could be sung during Lent, but I
include it here as a possible musical response to the readings
of the Vigil of Easter. Recommended." --Cross Accent,
rich new setting of a beloved old textTate and Brady's 1649
paraphrase of Psalm 42. Ashdown's useful setting is colorful
and varied, and features a well-crafted, idiomatic organ accompaniment.
As pants the hart for cooling streams
when heated in the chase,
so longs my soul O God, for thee,
and thy refreshing grace.
For thee, my God, the living God,
my thirsty soul doth pine:
O when shall I behold thy face,
thou Majesty divine.
Why restless, why cast down, my soul?
Hope still, and thou shalt sing
the praise of him who is thy God,
the health's eternal spring.
As Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
the God whom we adore
be glory as it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.
-Psalm 42, para. Tate and Brady,