[The Courts of the Temple, Detail of Model]from The Temple (1633), by George Herbert:


¶    Praise. (II)

KIng of  Glorie, 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 spar’d me.

Wherefore with my utmost art
                I will sing thee,
And the cream of all my heart
                I will bring thee.

Though my sinnes against me cried,
                Thou didst cleare me;
And alone, when they replied,
                Thou didst heare me.

Sev’n whole dayes, not one in seven,
                I will praise thee.
In my heart, though not in heaven, 
                I can raise thee.

Thou grew’st soft and moist with tears,
                Thou relentedst:
And when Justice call’d for fears,
                Thou disentedst.

Small it is, in this poore sort
                To enroll thee:
Ev’n eternitie is to short
                To extoll thee.

Note: the first line of this and "L'Envoy" are the same and are, therefore, confused. [Not sure which: "King of Glory, King of Peace" (for SATB choir and organ) Copyright 1993 by Ralph R. Prime.]

Music Interpretations of the poem:
  • "King of Glory, King of peace, I will love thee" a hymn tune by (Henry) Walford Davies (1869 - 1941).
  • Hymn Tune "Gwalchmai" Music: Gwalchmai, General Seminary, Salve cordis gaudium, Jesu, meines Herzens Freud' [Open music in another program.]
  • "King of Glory, King of Peace" Composer David Charles Walker.
  • There is a J. S. Bach, "King of Glory, King of Peace" arranged by W.H. Harris for this poem.  [Open music in another program.]
  • Thomas Dunn, American (1925- ) wrote an anthem for amateur choir and organ.
    The great 17th century English poet George Herbert has long been a favorite for church composers. Praise is in the typical Edwardian style with some modern harmonies giving a flavor of the Mixolydian mode. The organ accompaniment puntuates the choral writing with flashes of color, generating an exciting climax. - Cantate Music Press.
Note on the Bach connection: Johann Sebastian Bach harmonized an existing hymn "Jesu, meines Herzens Freud" (Jesus, my heart's joy). He used it for Cantata 473  [ Open music in another program.] and BWV 361 #264 (an aria in another cantata) . [ Open music in another program.] The hymn tune Gwalchmai may be derived from the "Jesu, Meines Herzens Freud" and the arrangement by W. H. Harris based on Bach.

Criticism: "Unstrung Conversations: Herbert's Negotiations with God" by Susannah B. Mintz. Philological Quarterly, Wntr 1998 v77 i1 p41(1). [Poems cited: "Prayer (I)," "Praise (II)," "Holdfast," "Longing," "The Collar," "Sighs and Groans," "Deniall," "Clasping of Hands," "Content," "Temper (I)."]

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