O Lord, let me know mine end (Thomas Tomkins)
- Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2015-05-28). Score information: Letter, 14 pages, 266 kB Copyright: CPDL
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Title: O Lord, let me know mine end
Composer: Thomas Tomkins
Text: Psalm 39:5-8 (BCP)
Description: This verse anthem for solo tenor is a setting of Psalm 39:5-8.
External websites: Performance by Red Byrd and the Rose Consort of Viols
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 39.
O Lord, let me know mine end, and the number of my days,
that I may be certified how long I have to live.
Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span long,
and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee,
and verily, every man living is altogether vanity.
For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain.
He heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what is my hope?
Truly my hope is even in thee.