27C. O LORD, You Are My Light

1 O LORD, you are my light
and my salvation near;
then who will cause me fright
or fill my heart with fear?
While God my strength, my life sustains,
secure from fear my soul remains,
secure from fear my soul remains.

2 My one request has been
and still this prayer I raise;
that I may live within
God's house for all my days.
God's glorious beauty to admire,
and in his temple to inquire,
and in his temple to inquire.

3 When troubles round me swell,
when fears and dangers throng,
securely I will dwell
in his pavilion strong.
Within the shelter of God's tent
he hides me till the storm is spent,
he hides me till the storm is spent.

4 Uplifted on a rock
above my foes around,
amid the battle shock
my song shall still resound.
Then joyful offerings I will bring;
the LORD God's praise my heart shall sing,
the LORD God's praise my heart shall sing.

Text Information
First Line: O LORD, you are my light
Title: O LORD, You Are My Light
Publication Date: 2012
Meter: 6.6.6.6.8.8. with repeat
Scripture: Psalm 27
Topic: Anniversaries; Assurance; Church Year: Lent (33 more...)
Source: St. 1 Psalter, 1887; sts. 2-4 Psalter, 1912, alt.
Tune Information
Name: RHOSYMEDRE
Composer: John D. Edwards
Meter: 6.6.6.6.8.8. with repeat
Key: F Major
Notes: Since its appearance in the Psalter, 1912, to the tune ARTHUR’S SEAT, this versification has often been sung in a confident, even triumphalistic tone of voice. The coupling with the tune RHOSYMEDRE allows for a more nuanced rendering of the different emotions of this text. St. 1 can be sung with a sense of quiet trust. Sing st. 2 in harmony with a sense of earnestness. St. 3 might begin with a sense of anxiety, accompanying the opening phrases with D-minor and G-minor chords. This stanza grows in confidence and intensity, leading to a joyful, harmonious, and resounding singing of the final stanza.



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