O sing unto the Lord, Z 44 (Henry Purcell)

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Complete score

  • CPDL #00935:     
Editor: Gordon J. Callon (submitted 2000-06-09).   Score information: Letter, 28 pages, 448 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Abbreviated versions

  • CPDL #20900:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-01-24).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 173 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Begins at "Declare His honour". Reformatting of #11473, with correction to bass in bars 73-74 and bass accompaniment in bar 76. Revised files uploaded 09/01/15. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #11473:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-04-16).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 196 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Begins at "Declare His honour". MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: O sing unto the Lord
Composer: Henry Purcell
Source of text: Psalm 96 vv. 1-6, 9, 10

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Verse: Bass, also duet for SA
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: strings and continuo

Published: The Gostling Manuscript, pp. 124-137

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 96.

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Note: Verse in italics, chorus in regular font

Symphonia

O sing unto the Lord a new song.
Alleluia.

Sing unto the Lord, all the whole earth.
Alleluia.

Symphonia

Sing unto the Lord,
sing unto the Lord and praise his name:
Sing unto the Lord,
sing unto the Lord and praise his name:
be telling of his salvation from day to day.

Solo Bass: Declare his honour unto the heathen:
and his wonders unto all people.

Glory and worship are before him :
power and honour are in his sanctuary.

The Lord is great, and cannot worthily be praised:
he is more to be feared than all gods.
As for the gods of the heathen, they are but idols:
but it is the Lord that made the heavens.

Ritornelli

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness:
let the whole earth stand in awe of him.

Tell it out among the heathen that the Lord is King:
The Lord is King, The Lord is King, is King, the Lord is King
And that t'is He who hath made the round world
so sure that it cannot be moved;
'Tis He, 'tis He, 'tis He who hath made the round world
so sure that it cannot be moved;
 
And how that he shall judge the people righteously.
And how that he shall judge the people righteously.

Alleluia.