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November 16, 2014

2014-11-16 Notes from the Bench

“Hide Me Under the Shadow of Your Wings” by John Ebenezer West

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate


Hide me under the shadow of your wings,
O Lord,
and give your angels charge concerning me:
That I may lie down in peace,
and take my rest,
for it is you, Lord, only, who makes me
to dwell in safety.


The English composer and organist John Ebenezer West (1863-1929) was a life-long resident of London. The text for his anthem, “Hide Me Under the Shadow of Your Wings,” brings together verses from three Psalms: 17:8, 91:11, and 4:8 respectively as a prayer of blessing and sending forth.

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