O Lord my God (Pelham Humfrey)

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  • CPDL #21697:     
Editor: Tim Risher (submitted 2010-05-28).   Score information: Letter, 29 pages, 812 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Full score. PDF file includes instrumental parts. The continuo part is figured, and there is also a very basic realization.

General Information

Title: O Lord my God
Composer: Pelham Humfrey
Source of text: Psalm 22, vv. 1, 14, 19, 16-18 (Book of Common Prayer)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB and ATB verse
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: strings and organ continuo

Published: 1674

Description: Written for the Chapel Royal. A later edition for chorus and organ by William Boyce, as published in Cathedral Music, Volume 2 (William Boyce), appears here.

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Original text and translations

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Verse:
O Lord my God, why hast thou forsaken me,
and art so far from my health and from the words of my complaint?
I am poured out out, like water,
all my bones are out of joint,
my heart also in the midst of my body,
is ev'n like melting wax.

Chorus:
But be not thou far from me O Lord,
thou art my succour, haste thee to help me.

Verse:
For many dogs are come about me,
and the counsel of the wicked lay'th siege against me.
They pierc'd my hands and my feet; I may tell all my bones,
They stand staring and looking upon me,
they part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Chorus:
But be not thou far from me O Lord,
thou art my succour, haste thee to help me.