Thy Holy Wings
David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Author Gracia Grindal
Voicing SATB, keyboard
Topics Baptism, Comfort, Peace (inner), Protection
Scripture References Psalm 51:10, 73:26, 91:4, 119:114, I Peter 3:18-22
Lectionary Usage Lent 1B, Easter 6A
Price $2.00 (U.S.) Released 6/11
Catalog no. 410-309 Difficulty Mod. easy

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Thy holy wings O Savior,
spread gently over me
and let me rest securely
through good and ill in thee.
O be my strength and portion
my Rock and hiding place.
And let my ev’ry moment
be lived within thy grace.

O let me nestle near thee,
within thy downy breast
where I will find sweet comfort
and peace within thy nest.
O close thy wings around me
and keep me safely there.
For I am but a newborn
and need thy tender care.

O wash me in the waters
of Noah’s cleansing flood.
Give me a willing spirit,
a heart both clean and good.
And take into thy keeping
thy children great and small.
And while we sweetly slumber,
enfold us one and all.

Text: st. 1, 3, Lina Sandell, (1832-1903),
tr. by Gracia Grindal; st. 2, Gracia Grindal
© 1983, Gracia Grindal;
Selah Publishing Co., Inc., administrator

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This Swedish folk lullaby (with its short, tender musical phrases) is given a gentle setting by David Ashley White. The text (translated and amplified by Gracia Grindal) speaks of God's comfort throughout life, ending with a reminder that "while we sweetly slumber," God "enfolds us one and all."


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