O God that guides the cheerful sun (William Byrd)

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  • CPDL #06982:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-05-10).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 125 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Nov 08. Second stanza editorially underlaid. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: O God that guides the cheerful sun
Composer: William Byrd
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: 2 treble, 2 tenor & bass viols colle voci in chorus

Published: Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets… (1611), no. 28

Description: Subtitled A Carroll for New-yeares day.

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Original text and translations

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O God that guides the cheerfull Sunne,
By motions strange the year to frame,
Which now returnde whence it begun,
From heaven extols thy glorious name.
This new-yeares season sanctifie,
with double blessings of thy store,
That graces new may multiply,
and former follies raigne no more.

So shall our hearts with heaven agree,
& both give laud & praise to thee.

Th’old yeare by course is past and gone,
olde Adam Lord from us expell:
New creatures make us every one,
new life becomes the New-yeare well.
As new borne babes from malice keepe,
new wedding garments O Christ we crave:
That we thy face in heaven may see
with Angels bright our soules to save.