O Lord, grant the king a long life (Thomas Weelkes)

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  • (Posted 2018-08-23)   CPDL #50948:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2018-08-23).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 81 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. The current edition follows the six-part version collected by Tudway, which does not include a seventh (second bass) part recorded in Barnard, starting at bar 30 (in this edition's numbering).

General Information

Title: O Lord, grant the king a long life
Composer: Thomas Weelkes
Lyricist: Book of Common Prayer, 1559 (adapted)create page

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: The text was introduced under James I as part of a liturgy (not formalised in the Book of Common Prayer) used to mark the anniversary of the sovereign's accession. The current piece is believed to be the prototype. It was recognised more formally, after the restauration, in the Book of Common Prayer, 1662. More specifically, the text was used for a coronation anthem, 1660 - 1727.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at O Lord, grant the king a long life.