Hayr Mer – Komitas
Performed by Hayrik Mouradian Children’s Folk Song and Dance Ensemble (directed by Hasmik Harutyunyan and Rudik Haroyan) for Face Music, Switzerland. Soloists, Anush and Lilit Harutyunyan. Levon Tevanyan, tav shvi, Grigor Takushyan, dham duduk. This version was found in the Komitas archives. It is written, in his handwriting, in 1915, in Constantinople, on July 2. Also known as “Children’s Prayer”. This song was written during the time of the Armenian Genocide, when Komitas returned from exile. The song was printed in the United States by Komitas’ student Mihran Tumajyan. According to this writing, the song was written for the young students of the Nikoghosyan School.
Dear Lord, grant us your grace. // Every day, give it plentifully, dear Lord.
Give life to our mother, // give life to our father.
Keep us with your Eyes. // Bless us with the Holy Cross.
Dear Lord, our Protector.