Benjamin Rogers
(1614 - 1698)

Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle?
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Rogers was organist at Christ Church, Dublin in his early career, an employment curtailed by the outbreak of the Irish rebellion, 1641. Except for a short interlude at Eton in the early years of the restauration, Rogers spent most of the rest of his life in Oxford (Magdalen). He was a quintessential Oxfordian of the seventeenth century: informant to Anthony a Wood, composer of music played at the dedication ceremonies of the Sheldonian Theatre, and composer of the Hymnus Eucharisticus, sung on May Morning from Magdalen Tower (probably from the 1670s, although the ritual was not formalised until about 1844).
Lyrics: Psalm 15, v.1-4,6,7

Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle: or who shall rest upon thy holy hill?
Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life: and doeth the thing which is right,
and speaketh the truth from his heart.
He that hath used no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour:
and hath not slandered his neighbour.
He that setteth not by himself, but is lowly in his own eyes:
and maketh much of them that fear the Lord.
He that hath not given his money upon usury: nor taken reward
against the innocent.
Whoso doeth these things: shall never fall.