Hymn of the Week: O Kind Creator (TALLIS' CANON)
Hymn title: O Kind Creator, Bow Thine Ear
Tune name: TALLIS' CANON
Meter: LM (88 88)
O Kind Creator is a wonderful Lenten hymn that brings the whole purpose of Lent to the forefront:
From discipline of outward things;
That, fasting, inward, secretly,
The soul may purely dwell with Thee."
It is appropriate throughout the entire season, though better for the start where the focus is on us. As a nice bonus, the final verse can be repeated as a canon, with a new voice entering on the fourth beat of each subsequent bar. I made a little "director's cut," with Amens to lengthen the verse so that all voices end together, as a a bonus track of sorts for you - it should be sung a cappella, but that is only a minor challenge, as the tune is very simple.
Remember that Lenten hymns don't have to say the words "forty days" to be usable; that Lent need not be mentioned; that the word "ashes" should not be mentioned after day one, and if then, only during the imposition of such.