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As Pants the Hart

Composer Franklin D. Ashdown
Text Psalm 42; para. Tate and Brady, 1649
Voicing SATB and organ
Church Season Great Vigil of Easter
4' 00" Price $1.60 (U.S.) Released 1/99
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, Spring 2000

Description A 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.

Anthem text
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, 1649


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