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'Glory be to God'

I composed 'Glory Be To God' in 1997 (with the help of a whistle to find the notes!) after being inspired by Thomas Tallis's motet 'Spem in Alium Nunquam Habui' which must surely be his finest work and I believe the most beautiful piece of sacred music written.

The libretto is an amalgam of ideas from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. So far I have written parts for soprano, alto, tenor and bass but hopefully it could be arranged for full choir(s).

Libretto
In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.
And God said, 'Let there be light and there was light.'
Hallelujah.
And God said, 'Let there be an expanse between the waters.'
Hallelujah.
And God said, 'Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place.'
Hallelujah.
And God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky.'
Hallelujah.
And God said, 'Let the water teem with living creatures.'
Hallelujah.
And God said, 'Let the land produce living creatures.'
Hallelujah, glory be to God, hallelujah.

Hallelujah. Glory be to God.
Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Glory, glory.
Hallelujah.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, glory be to God.
Peace in heaven, hallelujah.

Lord Almighty, may thy name be praised,
in heaven will angels sing and love will reign as King.
Hallelujah, hallelujah.
Sovereign Lord and Holy Spirit we love your wondrous ways,
open our hearts and our minds and save our souls.
Hallelujah.

Repeat three times.
Glory.

Repeat three times.
Glory be to God.

Hallelujah.

She will give birth to a son and you are to give Him the name Jesus.
Peace on Earth.
My God, my God why have you forsaken me?
And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi.
Gloria in excelcis Deo,
glory be to God.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
glory be to God.
She will give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus.
My God my God why have you forsaken me?
And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.

Repeat three times.
Lord Almighty, glory, hallelujah, hallelujah,
King of Kings, Lord of Lords, hallelujah, hallelujah.
Sovereign Lord and Holy Spirit come work your wondrous ways.

Repeat three times.
Ruler of all peoples and Saviour of all mankind, hallelujah.
Sovereign Lord and Holy Spirit come work your wondrous ways.

Repeat three times.
Open our hearts and minds, be our salvation in times of trouble,
hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.

Repeat three times.
Glory to our Lord, may His name be praised,
Lord Almighty, King of Kings, hallelujah, hallelujah.

We sing our praise to God and King for He can save just everything.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, all you people, praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, all you people.
Our hearts and souls He does make clean, His love and power will be seen.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, praise the Lord all you people.
Sovereign Lord and Holy Spirit come work your wondrous ways,
praise the Lord, praise the Lord, praise the Lord all you people.
Hallelujah, hallelujah.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, all you people.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, all you people.
Glory, glory, may His name fill the world and His love last forever,
may His name fill the world and His love last forever.
Sovereign Lord Almighty we praise your wondrous ways,
Sovereign Lord Almighty forgive our sinful ways,
Sovereign Lord Almighty we sing hallelujah,
Sovereign Lord Almighty forgive our sinful ways,
Sovereign Lord Almighty we sing hallelujah.
Hallelujah, glory, hallelujah, hallelujah, glory be to God,
hallelujah, glory, glory, glory, glory,
hallelujah, hallelujah, glory, glory, glory, glory.
May His name fill the world and His love last forever,
may His name fill the world and His love last forever.
Glory, glory, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
May His name be praised in heaven and on the Earth,
in heaven let angels sing to the Lord,
glory, glory, glory be to God,
glory, glory, hallelujah.
Creator of all things, Lord of all Hosts,
ruler of all people, Saviour of all men.

Repeat 14 times.
Glory.

Oh Lord may your name be praised and work your wondrous ways,
hallelujah, hallelujah.
Sovereign Lord and Holy Spirit may your name be praised on high,
help us find our way to heaven,
help us to eternal life.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
Glory, glory, hallelujah.
Glory be to God, hallelujah, glory be, hallelujah.
Glory be to God, hallelujah.
May Thy name be praised,
open our hears and minds, be our salvation.
In heaven will angels so sweetly sing,
and love will reign as King, hallelujah.
Glory, Lord Almighty, King of Kings.
May His name be praised, hallelujah.

Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the maidens,
glory be to our God. Hallelujah, hallelujah.
Show me your face, let me hear your voice, hallelujah.
For your voice is sweet and your face is lovely,
glory be to our God.

Repeat eight times.
Glory.

Hallelujah, hallelujah, glory, glory.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, praise the Lord.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, glory be to God.
Hallelujah, hallelujah, glory, glory,
hallelujah, hallelujah.

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