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Voicing/Instrumentation: SSATBB, Choir Unison, Organ/Organ Accompaniment, Piano Solo


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Choir with Congregation together in certain spots
Includes Vocal Obbligato/Descant

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More about Edward Lein:
Florida native Edward Lein (b. 1955 in Fort Pierce) was a tenor soloist throughout his home state and his early works reflect his experience as a vocalist. In 2006 Ed was a finalist in the Jacksonville Symphony's Fresh Ink composition contest and his instrumental catalog grew largely due to requests from Symphony players. Now retired, Ed was Music Librarian for the City of Jacksonville, producing the popular Music@Main concerts (2006-16). He was a regular contributor to J-Sym's ENCORE magazine from 2014-16, and gets frequent requests for his translations of French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian song texts from such prestigious organizations as Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Carnegie Hall's The Song Continues. Degrees: BM (FAU, 1976); MM (FSU, 1983) & MLS (FSU, 1986)
Song background:

An original hymn text for Congregation, Choir, Organ and optional Piano, preceded by the traditional "Preces" (Psalm 51:15).

(The recording is an arrangement for orchestra, and is a bit faster than a sung version would be.)

If LEAD US, GOOD SHEPHERD is presented as an anthem, the "Congregation" part in verses 1-4 obviously can be sung by the unison choir; in the final verse the majority of Sopranos can sing the main tune with a few providing the descant.

PRECES
O Lord, open Thou my lips: And my mouth shall show forth Thy praise.

LEAD US, GOOD SHEPHERD
We come before you, Lord,
  Your praises singing;
We come to hear Your word:
  Hear our thanksgiving.
      Enter our hearts we pray;
      Our fears and faults allay,
      And lead us night and day,
Lead us, Good Shepherd.

Come, Lord of Time and Earth,
  Keep us from judging;
Help us see others' worth
  Without begrudging.
      Lord, help us put aside
      Our selfishness and pride,
      And ever be our guide,
Lead us, Good Shepherd
 
Savior of Age and Youth
  In every nation,
Bind now all hearts in truth,
  Love, and compassion.
      Teach us to shun offense,
      Free us from arrogance,
      Lead us to tolerance,
Lead us, Dear Shepherd.

We kneel before you, Lord,
  Our sins confessing;
We now implore you, Lord,
  Grant us your blessing.
      You are our Sole Defense;
      Restore our innocence
      Through your benevolence,
Merciful Shepherd.
 
Ever be with us Lord,                         (DESCANT: Be with us, Lord),
  Our souls embracing.                      (Our souls embracing).
Savior, by us adored,                         (Savior adored),
  Our sins erasing:                             (Our sins erasing):
      Guide and protect, we pray,         (Guide and protect now, we pray),
      Those here and those away        (Those here and all those so far away),
      Who follow, night and day,           (We will follow You night and day.),
You, Loving Shepherd.                        (Lead us, we will follow, Good Shepherd).
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