O God that guides the cheerful sun (William Byrd)
- 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.
Original text and translations
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.