Psalm 86 (Gustav Holst)

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  • (Posted 2003-06-12)  CPDL #05259:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2003-06-12).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 156 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: The score states that this edition should only be distributed in the USA. However, Holst's works are now out of copyright in the UK and possibly other European countries as well. Please refer to this page for more information. :
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: The word Thee should be sung by the chorus in the third bar of the third system of page 6. The fifth bar of the first system of page 8 should read never. The forth bar of the second system of page 9 should read tread. Also page 8, first stave, 5th bar, all voice parts, notes should E flat and D, not two minim C.  :UPDATE: Holst's works are now out of copyright in the UK and possibly other European countries as well. Please refer to this page for more information.

General Information

Title: Psalm 86
Subtitle: To My Humble Supplication
Composer: Gustav Holst

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SSAATBB
Soloists: Tenor and Soprano
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published:
Description: Extracts of Psalm 86 are intersperced with the hymn "To my humble supplication" by Joseph Bryan (see below).

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

To my humble supplication
Lord, give ear and acceptation;
Save Thy servant that hath none
Help nor hope but Thee alone.

Send, O send relieving gladness
To my soul opprest with sadness,
Which from clog of earth set free
Winged with zeal, flies up to Thee.

To Thee, rich in mercies treasure,
And in goodness without measure,
Never failing help to those
Who on Thy sure help repose.

Heav'nly Tutor, of thy kindness,
Teach my dullness, guide my blindness,
That my steps Thy paths may tread
Which to endless bliss do lead.

Joseph Bryan, c.1620

Psalm 86 (seems to be altered from the 1662 BCP translation, this altered version appears below)

Tenor: vv. 1-6
Soprano: v. 12
1  Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me : for I am poor, and needy.
2  Preserve thou my soul, for I am holy : O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.
3  Be merciful unto me, O Lord : for I cry unto thee daily.
4  Rejoice the soul of thy servant : for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5  For thou, Lord, art good and ready to forgive : and plenteous in mercy unto them that call upon thee.
6  Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer : and attend to the voice of my supplication.

12  I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart : and I will glorify thy Name for evermore.