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hearken

Hearken Unto Me Ye Holy Children (Maurice Greene)

Hearken Unto Me, Ye Holy Children is an anthem composed by Maurice Greene in 1728. The first performance was probably given on 1 March 1728 at the King's College Chapel, Cambridge; however there is some conjecture that the actual first performance date was 25 April 1728 (to coincide with King George II's visit).

A typical performance takes about 17 minutes.

Voices

Movements

The work has the following movements:

Movement Type Voice Text Source
1 Solo Countertenor Hearken unto me, ye holy children:
bud forth as a rose growing
by the brooks of the field.
Give a sweet savour as frankincense,
and flourish as the lilies.
Sing a song of praise,
bless the Lord in all His works.
Ecclesiasticus 39, 13-14
2 Chorus Magnify His name,
and shew forth His praise
with the songs of your lips and with harps.
Ecclesiasticus 39, 15
3 Chorus And in praising Him you shall say:
blessed be the Lord God of our fathers,
who hath put such a thing into the king's heart;
to build this house and set up
a holy temple to the Lord,
which was prepar'd for everlasting glory.
Ecclesiasticus 39, 15;
Ezra 7, 27;
Ecclesiasticus 49, 12
4 Solo Tenor To be a father to the fatherless;
to feed them with the bread of understanding,
and give them the waters of wisdom to drink.
Ecclesiasticus 4, 10;
Ecclesiasticus 15, 3
5 Duet Countertenor
and Tenor
Therefore shall he receive a glorious kingdom
and a beautiful crown from the hand of the Lord.
Wisdom of Solomon 5, 16
6 Recitative Bass How is he numb'red
among the children of God,
and his lot is among the saints.
Wisdom of Solomon 5, 5
7 Solo Bass His name shall endure for ever;
His name shall remain under the sun
among the posterities,
which shall be blessed through him.
Psalm 72, 17
(Book of Common Prayer)
8 Chorus Blessed be the Lord God of our fathers,
who hath put such a thing into the king's heart;
to build this house and set up
a holy temple to the Lord,
which was prepared for everlasting glory.
Hallelujah, Amen.
Ezra 7, 27;
Ecclesiasticus 49, 12

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