Hear O heavens (Pelham Humfrey)

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  • (Posted 2016-10-28)   CPDL #41599:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-10-28).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From Cathedral Music, Volume 3 (William Boyce). Clefs modernised. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Hear O heavens
Composer: Pelham Humfrey
Source of text: Isaiah 1:2,4,16-18

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1773 in Cathedral Music, Volume 3, p. 186

Description: SATB chorus, with ATB verses.

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Original text and translations

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2  Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: …
  I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
4  Ah sinful nation, … a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters:
  they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger.
16  Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17  Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord:
  though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
  though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.