King of Glory

King of Glory
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Price: $2.35
Product ID : SY696
Weight: 0.13 lbs
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12 pgs. 8.5" x 11"

King of Glory, by Nicholas White, is a musical setting of a poetic text from The Temple (1633) by George Herbert. Replete with lovely melodies and lush harmonies, listeners are inspired by the beauty of this music.


This SATB anthem may be accompanied either by keyboard with an oboe obligato or by a small chamber orchestra consisting of strings, keyboard, and oboe.

(1) Chamber Orchestra Conductor Score

(2) Instrumental Parts

King of glory, King of peace,
I will love thee;
and that love may never cease,
I will move thee.
Thou hast granted my request,
thou hast heard me;
thou didst note my working breast,
thou hast spared me.

Wherefore with my utmost art
I will sing thee,
and the cream of all my heart
I will bring thee.
Though my sins against me cried,
thou didst clear me;
and alone, when they replied,
thou didst hear me.

Seven whole days, not one in seven,
I will praise thee;
in my heart, though not in heaven,
I can raise thee.
Small it is, in this poor sort
to enroll thee:
e'en eternity's too short
to extol thee.

“King of Glory, King of Peace” is a poem of contrasts, alternating in the first two verses between what “I”, the poet/singer, promises to do and what God has already done. Originally titled “Praise (II)”, the poem is taken from the posthumous collection of Herbert’s poetry, “The Temple”. It has been linked both to Psalm 116 and also to Psalm 70:4 – “Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!’”.The humility that is evident in much of Herbert’s poetry is seen in the penultimate couplet of this hymn: “Small it is, in this poor sort / to enrol thee”, meaning “it is a small thing to celebrate you in such an inadequate way”.Commenting on the collection of poems that form “The Temple”, George Herbert’s editor, Constantinos Patrides, says these poems remind us of the pilgrim’s progress under the care of the Church, our spiritual journey through this valley of tears, to the Heavenly Temple, where the Church, triumphant in glory, worships God eternally. At the heart of Herbert’s writing is his frequent focus on the Eucharist – “the marrow of Herbert’s sensibility” -- as Patrides notes. This reveals his emphasis on the goodness of God’s grace in the spiritual life.

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