‘All My Hope on God is Based’ – what are the hymn’s lyrics?

19 September 2022, 11:56

'All My Hope on God is Founded' will be sung by the congregation and Choir of St George's Chapel at The Committal of Queen Elizabeth II
‘All My Hope on God is Based’ will probably be sung by the congregation and Choir of St George’s Chapel at The Committal of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Primarily based on a Seventeenth-century German textual content and chorale melody, ‘All My Hope on God is Based’ grew in reputation within the second half of the twentieth century.

Flick via any hymnbook within the English-speaking world, and it’s doubtless you’ll discover ‘All My Hope on God is Based’. German in origin, the hymn was primarily based on a textual content referred to as ‘Meine Hoffnung stehet feste’, written round 1680 by Joachim Neander, thought of among the many most vital German hymnists.

In 1899, poet Robert Bridges, who would later develop into England’s poet laureate, translated the textual content. On the time, Bridges was choir grasp for the parish church of St Peter and St Paul, within the village of Yattendon the place he lived.

Bridges, feeling upset within the vary of hymns obtainable on the flip of the century, revealed his personal assortment of 100 hymns, The Yattendon Hymnal (1899). Amongst them, 44 have been written or translated by him, together with ‘All My Hope on God is Based’ at quantity 69.

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Who wrote the music for ‘All My Hope on God is Based’?

The unique music for ‘All My Hope on God is Based’ was a German Chorale melody, ‘Meine Hoffnung’.

However in 1930, the English composer Herbert Howells, whose most well-known melodies embrace ‘A Spotless Rose’, was requested to compose a brand new tune.

Bridges’ English translation, along with Howells’ melody, turned more and more well-known within the second half of the twentieth century.

The Choir of St George’s Chapel will sing ‘All My Hope on God is Based’ along with the congregation, at The Committal of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 19 September 2022.

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English composer Herbert Howells, pictured working on a score in July 1947.
English composer Herbert Howells, pictured engaged on a rating in July 1947.

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What are the lyrics to ‘All My Hope on God is Based’?

All my hope on God is based;
he doth nonetheless my belief renew.
Me via change and likelihood he guideth,
solely good and solely true.
God unknown,
he alone
calls my coronary heart to be his personal.

Human pleasure and earthly glory,
sword and crown betray his belief;
what with care and toil he buildeth,
tower and temple, fall to mud.
However God’s energy,
hour by hour,
is my temple and my tower.

God’s nice goodness aye endureth,
deep his knowledge, passing thought:
splendour, mild, and life attend him,
magnificence springeth out of naught.
Evermore
from his retailer
new-born worlds rise and adore.

Each day doth th’ Almighty giver
bounteous presents on us bestow;
his want our soul delighteth,
pleasure leads us the place we go.
Love doth stand
at his hand;
pleasure doth wait on his command.

Nonetheless from earth to God everlasting
sacrifice of reward be carried out,
excessive above all praises praising
for the present of Christ his Son.
Christ doth name
every one:
ye who comply with shall not fall.

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