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Goodshaw. C.M.

A G major plain tune in 3/2 time. Composed 2011.

Text from Roger Flexman, 1760.

Listen to recordings:

  • Goodshaw (Singers at Granville, MA; Nov 9, 2013)

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Named for the Goodshaw Baptist Chapel, a beautiful 18th century meeting house in Goodshaw, Lancashire, where the tune was first sung in March, 2011. Goodshaw appears in The Trumpet, Vol. 2, No. 3 (2012).


Great God, to thee my grateful tongue
My fervent thanks shall raise:
Inspire my heart to raise the song
Which celebrates thy praise.

From thy almighty forming hand
I drew my vital powers;
My time revolves at thy command
In all its circling hours.

Beneath the shadow of thy wings,
How sweet is my repose !
Thy morning light renews the springs
From which my comfort flows.

In celebration of thy praise
I will employ my breath,
And, walking steadfast in thy ways,
Will triumph over death.