We sing to him, whose wisdom form'd the ear, Z 199 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2019-05-27)   CPDL #54355:     
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2019-05-27).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 78 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Original key, with original basso continuo part only (no editorial realization).
  • (Posted 2019-05-27)   CPDL #54354:     
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2019-05-27).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Original key. Contains an editorial realization of the continuo part.

General Information

Title: We sing to him, whose wisdom form'd the ear, Z 199
Composer: Henry Purcell
Lyricist: Nathaniel Ingelocreate page

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo high with chorus (ad lib.) TB or SB
Genre: SacredSacred song

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1688

Description: Although Purcell adds a bass voice in the chorus, this song can also be performed with solo voice and continuo only.

Original text and translations

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We sing to him, whose Wisdom form’d the Ear,
Our Songs, let him who gave us Voices, hear;
We joy in God, who is the Spring of Mirth,
Who loves the Harmony of Heav’n and Earth;
Our humble Sonnets shall That Praise rehearse,
Who is the Musick of the Universe.
And whilst we sing, we consecrate our Art,
And offer up with ev’ry Tongue a Heart.