Search me, O God, and know my heart today

Search me, O God, and know my heart today. J. Edwin Orr* (1912-1987). Written Easter 1936, at a conference at Ngaruwahia, New Zealand. It was based on Psalm 139: 23-24. It had four stanzas in a meter, and was written for ‘Swiss Cradle Song’, published by W.H. Paling and Co as a piano-variations piece (Brisbane, Australia, 1913), and attributed to Clement W. Scott (1841-1904), an English theatre critic. It has been erroneously described as a traditional Maori song called ‘Now is the hour’ a Maori folk melody, known as ‘Po Atarau’, used to say farewell to Maori soldiers leaving for World War I (Maori words were added in 1915, and at some point the words were translated into...

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