God be in my Head (the Sarum Prayer)

This short song of petition for God's presence is from the 1558 Sarum Primer, which was a collection of prayers and worship resources developed in Salisbury, England, during the 13th century. The author is unknown

Having only one verse, with irregular meter, the original tune it was set to is LYTLINGTON by English organist and composer Sydney H. Nicholson (1875-1947)

Choral settings have been arranged by Henrry Walford Davies, John Rutter and others.


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Solo singer with piano - good for learning the basic tune:

Choral arrangement:

Instrumental - piano:


God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at mine end, and at my departing.

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  1. Sung at the close of each day at my primary school 1940s. Asking for it to be sung.played at my own departure.

  2. You might like to share this new arrangement of Walford Davis' 1910 setting: https://youtu.be/6_IU_99nw4Q