LES COMMANDEMENSAttributed: Louis Bourgeois; Harmonizer: Claude Goudimel (1564)
Published in 17 hymnals
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|Harmonizer:||Claude Goudimel (1564)|
|Incipit:||11233 44323 43217|
|Key:||F Major or modal|
|Source:||Genevan Psalter, 1547|
The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
The darkness falls at Thy behest;
To Thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall hallow now our rest.
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O Light whose splendor thrills and gladdens
With radiance brighter than the sun,
Pure gleam of God's unending glory,
O Jesus, blest anointed One.
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Father, we give you thanks, who planted
your holy name within our hearts;
knowledge and faith and life immortal
Jesus, your Son, to us imparts.
Lord, you have made all for your pleasure,
and given us food for all our days,
giving in Christ the bread eternal.
Yours is the power; be yours the praise.
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LES COMMANDEMENS (French for "the commandments"), a rich and graceful tune in the Hypo-Ionian mode (major), was used in the Genevan Psalter (1547) for the Decalogue and for Psalm 140, and later in British psalters and in the Lutheran tradition. The first setting in the Psalter Hymnal derives from Claude Goudimel's (PHH 6) 1564 harmonization; his original harmonization with the melody in the tenor (on facing page in the hymnal) may be used for unison or choral stanzas.
Here are two performance suggestions: (a) the congregation or choir can sing stanzas 1 and 9 as a frame around the solo reading of stanzas 2 through 8 or of the corresponding verses from Scripture; (b) all can sing stanzas 1 and 9 (with the choir singing in harmony from the second setting), and the congregation can sing stanzas 2 through 8 antiphonally in unison. Organists can find preludes by Lutheran composers under the German title for this chorale tune: WENN WIR IN HÖCHSTEN NÖTEN SEIN.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (6)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #792||Louis Bourgeois||184.108.40.206||LES COMMANDMENS||112334432343217||2007|
|Common Praise #16||O Light, whose splendour thrills and gladdens||O Light Whose Splendour Thrills||Carl P. Daw, Jr. (1944-)||220.127.116.11||Psalm 36:5-12; Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:1-11; John 8:12; John 17:1-26; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; Titus 2:11-14; Psalm 36:5-12; Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:1-11; John 8:12; John 17:1-26; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; Titus 2:11-14||LES COMMANDEMENS||G Major or modal||1998|
|Common Praise #81||Father, we thank thee who hast planted||Father, We Thank Thee Who Hast Planted||F. Bland Tucker (1895-1984)||18.104.22.168||Psalm 133; Jeremiah 32:36-41; John 6:25-35; John 17:1-26; Galatians 4:1-7; Colossians 1:15-29; Psalm 133; Jeremiah 32:36-41; John 6:25-35; John 17:1-26; Galatians 4:1-7; Colossians 1:15-29||LES COMMANDEMENS||G Major or modal||1998|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #550||O Light whose splendor thrills and gladdens||O Light Whose Splendor Thrills||Carl P. Daw, Jr.||Louis Bourgeois; Claude Goudimel||22.214.171.124||LES COMMANDEMENTS DE DIEU||F Major||English||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #153||My soul, recall with reverent wonder||The Ten Commandments||Dewey Westra, 1899-1979||Claude Goudimel||126.96.36.199||Exodus 20:1-17; Exodus 20:17||LES COMMANDEMENS||F Major||English||1987|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #724||My soul, recall the rev'rent wonder||The Ten Commandments||Dewey Westra, 1899-1979||Claude Gouldmeil||188.8.131.52||Exodus 20:2-17; Deuteronomy 5:6-21; Romans 13:8-10||LES COMMANDEMENTS DE DIEU||F Major||English||1990|