Let God arise (Thomas Tallis)

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  • (Posted 2021-04-25)  CPDL #64203:     
Editor: Charles Gurnham (submitted 2021-04-25).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 56 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original spelling.
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Edition notes: Oval note edition. A few minor edits, otherwise as written in 1567. Six more pairs of stanzas from Parker's paraphrase added.
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Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). A few minor edits, otherwise as written in 1567. Six more pairs of stanzas from Parker's paraphrase added.
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General Information

Title: Let God arise
Composer: Thomas Tallis
Lyricist: Matthew Parker

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.) (actually 446. 446.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1567 in The whole Psalter translated (1567)
Description: Words by Matthew Parker, 1567, paraphrase of Psalm 68, in 35 stanzas.

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Original text and translations

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1. Let God arise
In majesty,
And scattered be His foes:
Yea, flee them all
His sight in face,
To him which hateful goes.

2. As smoke is driven,
And comes to naught,
Repulse their tyranny;
At face of fire
As war doth melt,
God’s face the bad must flee.

3. But let the just
Be glad in this:
And joy in God His sight:
For God’s great power
And stable truth
In mirth let them delight.

4. O sing to God
Sound out His name:
See Him ye magnify:
He rides on heavens,
His name is God,
In Him rejoice ye high.

5. He Father is
To fatherless,
Of widows judge He is,
E’en God himself
Which ever dwells
In holy place of His.

6. This God He makes
The desolate:
In households great to grow:
He loseth the thrall
Quite out of bands,
And brings the wicked low.

7. O God, when Thou
Went forth as guide
Before the people out,
When Thou did walk
In wilderness,
Which thing Thou did no doubt.


8. The earth then shook
At face of God,
The heavens did drop and swell,
Mount Sinai
God’s face did fear
God’s face of Israel.

9. Thou poured, O God,
Thy fruitful shores
On Thine inheritance:
When faint they were,
With ease again
Their strength Thee did advance.

10. Thy church and flock
To dwell therein
Thou shalt it thus refresh:
So Thou prepared
For all Thy poor,
O God, in gentleness.

11. Such good effect
God gave His word,
To them He showed His might:
They did out preach
His armies strong,
How they excelled in fight.

12. How kings with hosts
Most fiercely set,
Yet fled discomfited:
And households whole
That kept at home
The spoil they did deny.

13. Thou we have lain
Among the pots,
As black as coal in sight:
Ye shall be white
As dove with wings,
Milk white and feathers bright.

14. When God great kings
Threw out of land,
Though first his flock was black:
Then again they look
As white as snow
As lies on Salmon’s back.


15. God’s hill is fat
As Bashan hill,
A mount that stately standeth:
With cliffs on high
Like Bashan mount
It rise it is so grand.

16. Why leap ye so
To spite this mount,
Ye toppy hillocks gay:
This is God’s mount,
Where God hath dwelt,
He there shall dwell for aye.

17. God’s chariots be
Ten thousands twice
Of angels millions:
With them is God,
With His good grace
As God loved Sinai ones.

18. Thou stay on high,
And thralldom caught,
Receiving gifts in men:
Yea faithless eke:
Thou took to grace
That God might dwell in them.

19. O blest be God,
Who day by day
Doth heap his gifts on us:
This God is God
Of all our health,
In power most glorious.

20. He is our God,
E’en God I say,
All health and wealth to shape:
Yea, death is ruled
By God the Lord,
Whose dint by Him we ‘scape.

21. This God shall wound
His enemies’ heads,
He shall their worthies quell:
Their hairy scalps
To pare full nigh
That still in sin will dwell.


22. God said I will
Restore as once
From Bashan mine I died:
I will return
All mine as once
From seas most deep I ride.

23. That dipped thy feet
In all their blood,
May read appear as eye:
That dogs may lick
Their enemies blood,
So read to be thereby.

24. Who list did see,
O puissant God,
Thy great proceedings high:
The goings just
Of Thee my God,
My king in sanctuary.

25. When thanks were sung,
First singers went
Their minstrels moved their feet:
In midst were set
The damsel maids,
Who played with timbrels sweet.

26. When they in one
Were jointly met,
Thus God they prayed well:
From heart the ground
They blessed the Lord,
Who sprang of Israel.

27. Small Benjamin
Their ruler went
To Judah’s tribe their stone:
So went the peers
Of Zebulon
And Naphthali came on.

28. Thus God hath bid
All strength and power
For there full nigh to be
With strength, O God,
Confirm this work
That Thee hast wrought so free.


29. From Thy sweet house,
Make this Thy strength proceed:
Then kings shall bring
Their offerings
To Thee to praise Thy deed.

30. The launce mens routes
Once scattered wide;
The people’s calves once tamed:
When they shall stop
And presents bring
And warring folk once shamed.

31. The shall the peers
Of Egypt land
For this come meek in sight,
Then Ethiopes
Full soon shall yield
To God their hands and might.

32. O all ye realms
Of all the earth
Sing ye to God of bliss:
Sing psalms and hymns
To testify
How worthy praise He is.

33. To Him that rides
On heaven of heavens,
As He hath done of old:
Lo, He His voice
Hath uttered forth
A voice most strong and bold.

34. Ascribe to God
All strength and might;
To Israel so showed;
On whom His power
No less is wrought
Than is on heaven bestowed.

35. O God Thou art,
Full terrible,
From out Thy sanctuary:
This Jacob’s God
His people aids
O blest be God thereby.