Full of wrath, his threat'ning breath (Humphrey Brailsford)

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  • (Posted 2010-05-27)   CPDL #21679:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Lewis Jones (submitted 2010-05-25).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 46 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Tenor clef used, though original is marked as soprano or tenor. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Full of wrath, his threat'ning breath
Composer: Humphrey Brailsford

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Tenor solo
Genre: SacredSacred song

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published:

Description: Long misattributed to Henry Purcell, this devotional song is actually by Brailsford, whose initials (H.B.) were close enough to the better known Purcell's (H.P.) to warrant confusion.

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Original text and translations

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Full of wrath, his threat'ning breath
Belching nought but chains and death,
Saul was arrested in his way
By a voice and light,
That if a thousand days
Should join their rays
To beautify a day
It would not show so glorious and so bright.
On his amazed eyes it night did fling,
That day might break within,
And by these beams of faith
Make of him, a child of wrath,
Become a vessel full of glory.
Lord, curb us in our dark and sinful way,
We humbly pray,
When we down horrid precipices run,
With feet that thirst to be undone,
That this may be our story.