King of Glory, King of Peace

King of Glory, King of Peace (Anthem for SATB Chorus, a cappella) was completed during the summer of 2016 and is dedicated to British singer and conductor, Christopher Watson. It is a setting of a poem by the Welsh-born poet and Anglican priest, George Herbert (1593-1633), and first appeared in the posthumous collection of his complete poetry entitled, The Temple : Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations (1633).

Simple in design and homophonic in texture, I have chosen to especially emphasize the gentler “King of peace” nature of Mr. Herbert’s well-known poem.

Dan Locklair
July 2016
Winston-Salem, NC

– Duration : ca. 2’30”-

King of glory, King of peace

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.
George Herbert, 1633