As the Deer Longs (AOV 1/120)

Another Bob Hurd song that you can hear at this site. It is a lovely tune although the ensemble singing doesn’t really take off until the chorus is sung at the same time as the verse from the third verse onwards. It has a touch the Hank Mancinis about it ( a good thing). It is a setting of Psalm 42 and this site gives a nice appreciation of the piece.

This ensemble (allowing for average sound quality) probable do the tune more justice that the original.

It can be purchased for download at OCP.

My backing is stripped back.

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As the deer longs for running streams,
so I long, so I long, so I long for you.

Verse 1

A-thirst my soul for you the God who is my life!
When shall I see, when shall I see,
see the face of God?


Verse 2
Echoes meet as deep is calling unto deep,
over my head, all your mighty waters,
sweeping over me.


Verse 3
Continually the foe delights in taunting me:
“Where is God, where is your God?”
Where, O where, are you?


Verse 4

Defend me, God, send forth your light and your truth,
they will lead me to your holy mountain,
to your dwelling place.


Verse 5
Then I shall go unto the altar of my God.
Praising you, O my joy and gladness,
I shall praise your name.


© Bob Hurd 1988.

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