An exquisite melody was crafted by Gabriel Faure in 1890 to musically express a prayerful poem by Stephan Bordse. This lovely arrangement offers the flexibility of being rung either as a handbell solo or duet. It will provide a wonderful enhancement to worship services, concerts, and other occasions. Reproducible extrated parts for solo and duet ringers are included.
Here is a literal translation of the poem:
If a child's voice can be lifted up to You, my Father,
hear the prayer of Jesus as I kneel before You.
If you have chosen me to teach your ways on earth,
I will know how to serve You, O King of kings, O Light!
Place the truth upon my lips, Lord, that those who doubt may revere You with humility!
Do not abandon me; give me the necessary gentleness to ease suffering; to relive pain and misery.
Reveal Yourself to me, Lord, in whom I believe and hope.
For You I will suffer and die on the cross at Calvary.
(translation by Fred Gramann)
Voicing: Handbell solo or duet (3 octaves) with piano accompaniment
Composer: Gabriel Faure
Arranger: Fred Gramann