O God which art most merciful (William Byrd)

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  • CPDL #04701:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-04-01).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 106 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised May 2008. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: O God which art most merciful
Composer: William Byrd
Source of lyrics: Anonymous metrcal version of Psalm 51:1

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STT
Genre: SacredSacred song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Songs of sundrie natures, no. 4


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Original text and translations

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O God which art most mercyfull,
have mercy Lord on me,
according to thy mercy great,
let me releaved be.
And put away my wickednesse,
which sundery waies hath beene,
according to the multitude,
of thy compassions seene.