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The Founder's Prayer

Founder through chapel windowThe Founder’s Prayer of King Henry VI was set to music by Dr Henry Ley. The text is as follows:

Domine, Jesu Christe, qui me creasti, redemisti, et preordinasti ad hoc quod sum; tu scis quæ de me facere vis; fac de me secundum voluntatem tuam cum misericordia. Amen.

[O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast created and redeemed me and hast foreordained me unto that which now I am; thou knowest what thou wouldst do with me; do with me according to thy will, in thy mercy. Amen.]

To listen to the Founder’s Prayer being sung by the boys of Eton College Chapel Choir, click here.

Henry Ley

Henry George Ley MA, DMus, FRCO, FRCM, Hon RAM was born in Chagford in Devon in 1887. He was a chorister at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, Music Scholar at Uppingham School, Organ Scholar of Keble College Oxford (1906) where he was President of the University Musical Club in 1908, and an Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music where he was a pupil of Sir Walter Parratt. He was organist at St Mary’s Farnham Royal from 1905–1906, and at Christ Church Cathedral Oxford (1909–1926), Professor at the Royal College of Music in London from 1919, and Precentor at Eton College (that is, in charge of the music in College Chapel) from 1926 to 1945. He was an Honorary Fellow of Keble College Oxford from 1926 to 1945 and died in 1962.