Such a beautiful prayer! And I love the setting Walford Davies wrote for it; I’m glad it is now in the Public Domain. I do have one issue with this melody though; the setting is generally reserved for choirs. I’ve never heard it sung by a congregation, and I think that’s sad. Which inspired me to see if I could do something about it.
I hope that you will find this arrangement of Davies’ melody suitable for your congregation to join in with. The text was written to be used in daily prayer, and it fits so well with our current readings from Proverbs and the Epistle of James.
I’ve selected a small ensemble of musicians to provide a framing and guide us through the prayer, and dropped the pitch a semitone so we don’t falter on the high note.
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