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LIBERTY, September 22, 2013 – Teach Me, O Lord, Your Way of Truth, ST CRISPIN - Sir George Job Elvey (1816–1893) composer of this hymn tune and English organist, was born at Canterbury on the 27th of March 1816. He was a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral under Highmore Skeats, the organist. Subsequently he became a pupil of his elder brother, Stephen, and then studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Cipriani Potter and Dr Crotch.

In 1834 he gained the Gresham prize medal for his anthem, Bow down thine ear, and in 1835 was appointed organist of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, a post he filled for 47 years, retiring in 1882. He took the degree of Mus.B. of the University of Oxford in June 1838, having matriculated at New College the previous month and in 1840 that of Mus. D. Anthems of his were commissioned for the Three Choirs Festivals of 1853 and 1857, and in 1871 he received the honour of knighthood.

He died at Windlesham in Surrey on the 9th of December 1893. His works, which are nearly all for the Church, include two oratorios, a great number of anthems and services, and some pieces for the organ. A memoir of him, by his widow, was published in 1894.

Teach Me, O Lord, Your Way of Truth

Teach me, O Lord, your way of truth,
and from it I will not depart;
that I may steadfastly obey,
give me an understanding heart.

In your commandments make me walk,
for in your law my joy shall be;
give me a heart that loves your will,
from discontent and envy free.

Your word sheds light upon my path;
a shining light, it guides my feet;
your righteous judgments to observe,
my solemn vow I now repeat.

Your wondrous testimonies, Lord,
my soul will keep and greatly praise;
your word, by faithful lips proclaimed,
to simplest minds the truth conveys.

I thirst for your commandments, Lord,
and for your mercy press my claim;
O look on me and show the grace
displayed to all who love your name.



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