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Błazej. S.M.

A D major part song in 2/4 time. Composed 2008.

Text from Anne Steele, 1760.

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Written in Jarosław, Poland, during my visit assisting Tim Eriksen during a weeklong singing school in the summer of 2008. This song is named for Błazej Matsuiak, a Dominican monk and leader of the Sacred Harp singing in Warsaw, Poland.

Błazej was sung at the composium at the 2008 New York City singing and at a weekly singing in Northampton following the Western Massachusetts Convention when Błazej Matsuiak was visiting from Poland.


My Maker and my King,
To Thee my all I owe;
Thy sovereign bounty is the spring
Whence all my blessings flow;

Lord, what can I impart
When all is Thine before?
Thy love demands a thankful heart;
The gift, alas! how poor.

O! let Thy grace inspire
My soul with strength divine;
Let every word and each desire
And all my days be Thine.