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Thomas Byron Parks

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Holy God We Praise Thy Name
~ A Paraphrase of The "Te Deum Laudamus" ~
A Hymn in English for A Cappella SATB ~
~ The Cantus Firmus could be sung by the Congregation ~
Music © 2008 Thomas Byron Parks


"Creation" by Michelangelo on Sistine Chapel ceiling in the Vatican Rome

This paraphrase of the Te Deum Laudamus, is at­trib­ut­ed to Ig­naz Franz, in Ma­ria The­re­sa’s Ka­thol­isch­es Ge­sang­buch. (Vi­en­na: cir­ca 1774) It was translated from German to English by Fr. Clar­ence Alphonse Wal­worth, (1820-1900) who was pastor at historic St. Mary's on Capitol Hill in Albany, NY. Verse 7, is by Hugh T. Henry (1862-1946).
Ignaz Franz   (Please Contact me if you have a picture of Fr. Walworth I can use here.)

Before you listen, you should know that the melody I wrote, like most Western Music,  is based on Gregorian Chant. In each of 8 verses there are 3 fixed melody lines or Cantus Firmus (CF) assigned to either Soprano, Alto, Tenor, or Bass...with the other voices singing the counterpoint. Thus, the CF shines through, and could be sung by a congregation, but leaves room for variation by soloists, the choir, or alternating choirs. Substituting a dotted quarter plus an eigth note for 2 quarter notes gives rythmic  variation.

By staying with a cappella, I hope the lyrics are understandable. It wouldn't hurt to have the lyrics read and / or included in the program...or even have the Hymnal version sung as an opening hymn. It's  No. 79 in the Methodist Hymnal. I think a congregation could learn to sing my cantus firmus. Last of all, I hope that singing and hearing this touches your heart and reinforces your faith. Writing it sure did mine.
Thomas Byron Parks   April 8, 200/ 
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This has not been sung,, so instruments are used for voices. (MIDI String Ensemble 2 for SATB)
If you use it, please send me a recording that I may use on this site, and for seeking publication.


Holy God We Praise thy Name
The Lyrics in English ~

1.   B
HOLY God, we praise Thy Name. Lord of all we bow before Thee;
all on earth Thy scepter claim, all in heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain, everlasting is Thy reign.
2.   S
HARK, the loud celestial hymnm, angel choirs above are raising;
Cherubim and Seraphim, in unceasing chorus praising,
fill the heavens with sweet accord; Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!
3.   SATB
LO, the Apostolic train. Join, Thy sacred name to hallow:
prophets swell the loud refrain, and the white-robed Martyrs follow;
and, from morn till set of sun, through the Church the song goes on.
4.  B   SA
     B   SA
HOLY Father, Holy Son, Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee,
While in essence only One, undivided God we claim Thee:
and, adoring, bend the knee, while we own the mystery.
5.  S   TB
   S   TB
THOU art King of glory, Christ: Son of God, yet born of Mary;
for us sinners sacrificed, and to death a tributary:
first to break the bars of death, Thou has opened heaven to faith
6.   A   TB
    A   TB
FROM Thy high celestial home, Judge of all, again returning,
we believe that Thou shalt come in the dreaded Doomsday morning;
when Thy voice shall shake the earth, and the startled dead come forth.
7.      SA
    T   SA
THEREFORE do we pray Thee, Lord: help Thy servants whom, redeeming,
by Thy Precious Blood out-poured, Thou hast saved from Satan's scheming.
Give to them eternal rest in the glory of the Blest.
8.   SATB
SPARE Thy people, Lord, we pray, by a thousand snares surrounded:
keep us without sin today, never let us be confounded.
Lo, I put my trust in Thee; never, Lord, abandon me.

The Te Deum Laudamus, also sometimes called the Ambrosian Hymn because if its association with St. Ambrose, is a traditional hymn of joy and thanksgiving. First attributed to Sts. Ambrose, Augustine, or Hilary, it is now accredited to Nicetas, Bishop of Remesiana (4th century). There are about twenty-five metrical translations into English.
See Te Deum Laudamus
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