How numerous, Lord, of late are grown (William Gifford)

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Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2011-09-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 30 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The alto part is printed in the source in the treble clef an octave above sounding pitch. The alto F# in bar 7 has been sharpened editorially: this note has no accidental in the source. The first verse only of the text is underlaid in the source, with the three subsequent verses given here printed after the music: these have been underlaid editorially, and the figuring of the vocal bass part in the source has been omitted to facilitate this.

General Information

Title: How numerous, Lord, of late are grown
Composer: William Gifford
Lyricists: Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady (from A new version of the psalms of David)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella
Published: 1805

Description: A setting of verses from Psalm 3 in the metrical New Version, by William Gifford, from p12 of his collection Twelve New Psalm Tunes (London, 1805). Hymn Tune Index tune number 10960.

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Original text and translations

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How num'rous, Lord, of late are grown
The troublers of my peace;
And as their numbers hourly rise,
So doth their rage increase.

But thou, O Lord, art my defence,
On thee my hopes rely:
Thou art my glory, and shalt yet
Lift up my head on high.

Arise and save me, O my God,
Who oft hast own'd my cause;
And scatter'd oft those foes to me
And to thy righteous laws.

Salvation to the Lord belongs,
He only can defend:
His blessing he extends to all
That on his pow'r depend.