Like the Deer that Yearns

This hymn is based on Psalm 41 (42),

This particular setting is to an unnamed tune by Fr Joseph Walshe, which was published in Alleluia! Amen  (Veritas, Ireland, 1978).   It has an irregular timing, and so is best to use with a cantor.

There are many hymns which have been written based on this text -and each seems to use a slightly different version (perhaps based on the initial transation which was used - this is almost never stated).   Because of this, no professionally recorded versions have been located.)


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Examples

Cantor and choir at an outdoor devotional service



Soloist and choir, with piano. Recorded live in a church service.


Lyrics

Chorus:
Like the deer that yearns for running streams,
So my soul is yearning for you, my God.

My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life;
When can I enter and see the face of God?

O send forth your light and your truth; let these be my guide.
Let them bring me to your holy mountain to the place where you dwell.

And I will come to the altar of God, the God of my joy.
My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp, O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, my soul, why groan within me?
Hope in God; I will praise him still, my savior and my God.

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Like the deer that yearns for running streams,
So my soul is yearning for you, my God.

My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life;
When can I enter and see the face of God?

O send forth your light and your truth; let these be my guide.
Let them bring me to your holy mountain to the place where you dwell.

And I will come to the altar of God, the God of my joy.
My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp, O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, my soul, why groan within me?
Hope in God; I will praise him still, my savior and my God.

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