Opus 24 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance
This anthem was written in 1911 by Cyril Bradley Rootham (CBR), when the composer had been director of music at St John's College, Cambridge, for ten years.
About this work
Opus 24 "The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance" is a grace anthem composed for St John's College, Cambridge.
It sets three verses from Psalm 16 for unaccompanied voices SATB, and the work is dedicated to the English composer and organist Dr Basil Harwood.
This performance was recorded on 19 May 2017 by the choir of St Peter's Church (Dorchester, Dorset) during their weekly choir practice: the choir's musical director was Philip Lange.
King James Bible
1 Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
2 O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.
5 The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Common English Bible
1 Protect me, God, because I take refuge in you.
2 I say to the Lord, "You are my Lord. Apart from you, I have nothing good."
3 Now as for the "holy ones" in the land, the "magnificent ones" that I was so happy about;
4 let their suffering increase because they hurried after a different god. I won't participate in their blood offerings; I won't let their names cross my lips.
5 You, Lord, are my portion, my cup; you control my destiny.
6 The property lines have fallen beautifully for me; yes, I have a lovely home.
7 I will bless the Lord who advises me; even at night I am instructed in the depths of my mind.
8 I always put the Lord in front of me; I will not stumble because he is on my right side.
9 That's why my heart celebrates and my mood is joyous; yes, my whole body will rest in safety
10 because you won't abandon my life to the grave; you won't let your faithful follower see the pit.
11 You teach me the way of life. In your presence is total celebration. Beautiful things are always in your right hand.