Instrumentation: 1st version: for tenor and string quartet / 2nd version: for 8 voices or mixed choir
First performer: Babylon Quartet & Georgi Sztojanov
Premiere: 1st version on June 25th 2018, Herberg Vlietzigt, Rijswijk, NL.
Commissioner: Davo van Peursen
Written for the celebration of the 25-year wedding anniversary of Davo and Margriet van Peursen. Based on a psalm by Sir Isaac Watts.
We bless the Lord, the just, the good,
Who fills our hearts with joy and food:
Who pours his blessings from the skies,
And loads our days with rich supplies.
He sends the sun his circuit round,
To cheer the fruits, to warm the ground;
He bids the clouds with plenteous rain
Refresh the thirsty earth again.
’T is to his care we owe our breath,
And all our near escapes from death;
Safety and health to God belong;
He heals the weak, and guards the strong.
And his right hand his saints shall raise
From the deep earth, or deeper seas,
And bring them to his courts above;
There shall they taste his special love.