Christ Be Beside Me
Composer Peter Cutts Text James Quinn, SJ
Voicing SATB and organ
Topics Christian Life, Comfort & Encouragement
Length 2' 00" Price $1.40 (U.S.) Released 6/98
Catalog no. 410-625 Difficulty Moderately easy
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Peter Cutts has produced a winner in this strong setting of James Quinn's adaptation of the traditional Irish prayer. Its three stanzas include one each for unison choir, SATB with or without organ, and unison choir with soprano descant. Especially suitable for confirmation, ordination, baptism, commissioning of church workers, and St. Patrick's Day!
Christ be beside me, Christ be before me,"
Christ be behind me, king of my heart.
Christ be within me, Christ be below me,
Christ be above me, never to part.
Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand,
Christ all around me, shield in the strife.
Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my sitting,
Christ in my rising, light of my heart.
Christ be in all hearts thinking about me,
Christ be on all tongues telling of me.
Christ be the vision in eyes that see me,
in ears that hear me Christ ever be.
-James Quinn, adapt. from St. Patrick's Breastplate, 8th cent.
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