The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule (William Leighton)

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Publication date and place: 1614

In 1613 the poet and minor composer Sir William Leighton published a book of his own devotional verse entitled The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule. The following year, having apparently persuaded many of the major English composers of the day to provide settings of his poems, he reissued the collection, now accompanied by the music in table format, under the same title. It is not a particularly good example of Jacobean printing and publishing - far inferior in quality, for example, to most contemporary madrigal- and song-books - but is notable for its inclusion of works accompanied by "broken" or mixed consort, for its dedication to the 14-year-old Prince Charles Stuart, later Charles I of England, and for its inclusion of what may be the last works of William Byrd.

Contents of The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule

Consort Songs

1. O loving God and father dear (William Leighton)
2. Come let us sing to God (William Leighton)
3. My soul doth long (William Leighton)
4. In thee O Lord I put my trust (William Leighton)
5. Thou art my God (William Leighton)
6. Almighty God which hast me brought (William Leighton)
7. I cannot Lord excuse my sin (William Leighton)
8. An heart that's broken and contrite (John Dowland)
9. Thou God of might (John Milton the Elder)
10. Yield unto God the Lord (Robert Johnson)
13. Almighty God which hast me brought (Thomas Ford)
14. Alas that I offended ever (Edmund Hooper)
15. O God to whom all hearts are seen (Robert Kindersley)
16. Almighty Lord and God of love (Nathaniel Giles)
17. I'll lie me down to sleep (John Coprario)
18. Attend unto my tears O Lord (John Bull)

Songs of 4 Parts

19. Look down O Lord (William Byrd)
20. Hidden O Lord are my most horrid sins (Francis Pilkington)
21. O Lord give ear (Thomas Lupo)
22. Let thy salvation be my joy (Robert Jones)
23. O Got that no time (Martin Peerson)
24. O Lord, how do my woes increase (Orlando Gibbons)
25. Most mighty and all-knowing Lord (Thomas Weelkes)
26. O let me tread in the right path (John Ward)
27. I am quite tired with my groans (John Wilbye)
28. What shall I render to the Lord (Robert Jones)
29. In thee O Lord I put my trust (Alfonso Ferrabosco)
30. Be unto me (William Byrd)

Songs of 5 Parts

31. I laid me down (William Byrd)
32. O Lord come pity my distress (Alfonso Ferrabosco)
33. Attend unto my tears (John Bull)
34. O Lord behold my miseries (John Milton the Elder)
35. High mighty God of righteousness (Francis Pilkington)
36. O Lord, I lift my heart to Thee (Orlando Gibbons)
37. Well-spring of bounty (Edmund Hooper)
38. The cause of death is wicked sin (Thomas Lupo)
39. O let me at thy footstool fall (Martin Peerson)
40. O Lord how do my woes increase (John Coprario)
41. O happy he whom thou protect'st (Thomas Weelkes)
42. Out of the deep (Nathaniel Giles)
43. Save me O Lord (Robert Johnson)
44. Not unto us (Thomas Ford)
45. Lord ever bridle my desires (Martin Peerson)
46. O had I wings like to a dove (John Milton the Elder)
47. Lament, lament my soul (Robert Jones)
48. O Lord consider my great moans (John Ward)
49. O God, the rock of my whole strength (John Wilbye)
50. I shame at mine unworthiness (John Dowland)
51. If that a sinner's sighs (John Milton the Elder)
52. Judge them O Lord (Robert Kindersley)
53. Come help O God (William Byrd)
54. O Lord come pity (Timolphus Thopul)
55. In depth no man remembreth thee (Alfonso Ferrabosco)

Works at CPDL

Title Year No. Composer Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Almighty God, who hast me brought 1614 13 Thomas Ford Sacred Anthems 4 SATB
Be unto me 1614 30 William Byrd Sacred Sacred songs 4 AATB
Come help O God 1614 53 William Byrd Sacred Partsongs 5 SSATB
I am quite tired with my groans 1614 27 John Wilbye Sacred Partsongs 4 SATB
I laid me down 1614 31 William Byrd Sacred Partsongs 5 AATTB
I shame on mine unworthiness 1614 50 John Dowland Sacred Madrigals 5 SATTB
Look down O Lord 1614 19 William Byrd Sacred Sacred songs 4 SSTB
Most mighty and all-knowing Lord 1614 25 Thomas Weelkes Sacred Anthems 4 SATB
O God, the rock of my whole strength 1614 49 John Wilbye Sacred Partsongs 5 SSATB
O Lord, I lift my heart to Thee 1614 36 Orlando Gibbons Sacred Anthems 5 AATTB
O Lord, how do my woes increase 1614 24 Orlando Gibbons Sacred Anthems 4 SATB
O had I wings like to a dove 1614 46 John Milton the Elder Secular Madrigals 5 SSAAT