O Lord, how long wilt thou forget (William Byrd)

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  • CPDL #08720:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-12-11).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 105 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Sept 08. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: O Lord, how long wilt thou forget
Composer: William Byrd
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredSacred song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1588 in Psalmes, Sonnets and Songs, no. 5

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Original text and translations

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O Lord, how long wilt thou forget,
to send mee some relife,
For ever wilt thou hide thy face,
and so increase my griefe?

How long shall I with vexed heart,
seeke counsell in my spirit?
How long shall my malicious foes,
triumph and mee despite?

O Lord my God, heare my complaint,
uttered with wofull breath:
Lighten mine eyes, defend my lyfe,
that I sleep not in death.

Least that mine enemie say, I have
against him loe prevayl’d:
At my downefall they will rejoyce,
that thus have mee assayl’d.

But in thy mercie Lord I trust,
for that shall mee defend:
My heart doth joye, to see the help,
which thou to mee wilt send.

Unto the Lord therefore I sing,
and do lift up my voyce:
And for his goodnesse shew’d to mee,
I will alway rejoyce.

(Anonymous metrical version of Psalm 13)