Lord Thou Hast Searched Me

by William Culverhouse

Hear a Recording:

Click on this link. Once on the composer’s website, click on movement IV.

Website: http://www.williamculverhouse.com/listen/

Learn the notes:

ARRANGED BY HEATHER AT REHEARSAL. THOSE CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE ON THESE RECORDINGS.

Everyone: sing the first 9 measures.

Soloists: sing alto at letter B; sing Soprano at measure 21; at letter C sing Soprano 1.
Sopranos: sing alto at letter B; sing Soprano at measure 21; at letter C sing Soprano 2.
First Altos: sing alto at letter B; sing Alto 1 at letter C; at letter D sing Alto 2.
Second Altos: sing tenor at letter A; sing alto at letter B; sing alto 2 at C; at D sing Tenor 1.
Tenors: sing as usual until letter D; from there on, all tenors sing Tenor 2.
Basses: sing as usual until letter D; from there on, all basses sing Bass 2.

(based on Psalm 139)

Lord, thou hast searched me and dost know wheree’er I rest, wheree’er I go;
thou knowest all that I have planned, and all my days are in thy hand.

My words from thee I cannot hide; I feel thy pow’r on ev’ry side;
O wondrous knowledge, awful might, unfathomed depth, unmeasured height!

Where can I go apart from thee, or whither from thy presence flee?
In heav’n? It is thy dwelling fair; in death’s abode? Lo, thou art there.

If I the wings of morning take, and far away my dwelling make,
the hand that leadeth me is thine, and my support thy pow’r divine.

If deepest darkness cover me, the darkness hideth not from thee;
to thee both night and day are bright; the darkness shineth as the light!

Tutti 

In the recordings below, the featured voice part is a bassoon or horn. Other parts sound like a piano. Letter B is at about 1:00.

Soloists 

Soprano 

Alto 1 

Alto 2 

Tenor 

Bass 

 

The Original Hymn, “Tender Thought”:

Alice Parker’s arrangement, beautifully sung.

 

Shape note singing from Cross Keys, Virginia