Grant to us O Lord

This is a chant-style hymn of penitence and renewal.  Though sometimes regarded as a psalm, it is actually based on Jeremiah 31:31–34 and Ezekiel 36:26.

It was written by French Roman Catholic priest and composer Lucien Deiss (1921-2007) in 1963, and first published in 1965.   Possibly it was translated from a French-language hymn.

More recently it has been included in the collection Jubilee, and octavo (ie individual song) sheet music is also still available today from by World Library Publications as a digital-download.

The tune is unnamed.   It is published without a time signature - the verses are irregular, and the tune itself is based on chant so relatively free-form.   The first few notes in the key of G are GG FF E EF F D.

Grant to us O Lord - against trees of the forest



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Examples

Singer, unaccompanied:


Cantor with organ backing - live recording:


Practise track - single voice with keyboard melody:


Cantor and organ, congregation responding:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website.  A rough outline is:
Antiphon:
Grant to us, O Lord, a heart renewed,
Recreate in us your own Spirit Lord.

1 Behold the days are coming says the Lord our God ...

2 Deep within their being I will implant my law ...

3 I will be their God

4 And for all their faults I will grant forgiveness ...

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Grant to us, O Lord, a heart renewed, Recreate in us your own Spirit Lord. 1 Behold the days are coming says the Lord our God When I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel. 2 Deep within their being I will implant my law, I will write it in their hearts. 3 I will be their God and they shall be my people. 4 And for all their faults I will grant forgiveness, never more will I remember their sins

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