The Lamentation (George Kirbye)

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  • (Posted 2016-09-24)  CPDL #41219:        (Finale 2012)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2016-09-24).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The Lamentation
Composer: George Kirbye
Lyricist: John Markant

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: STTB
Genre: SacredChorale

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1562
Description: This tune first published in English Psalter, 1562; Kirbye's harmonization appeared first in Este's The Whole Booke of Psalmes, 1592. Words by John Markant, Old Version, 1560.

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Original text and translations

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O, Lord, in thee is all my trust,
give ear unto my woeful cry,
refuse me not that amunjust,
but bowing down thy heav'nly eye,
behold how I do still lament,
my sin wherein I do offend,
O, Lord, for them shall I be shent,
sith thee to please I do intend.

No, no, no, so thy will is bent
to deale with sinners in thine ire:
But when in hartthey shall repent,
thou graffits with speed that they desire
To thee therefore still shall I cry,
to wash away my sinfull crime.
Thy blood, O, Lord, is not yet dry,
but that it may help mee in time.

Hast thee, O, Lord, hat thee I say,
to poure on mee the gifts of grace:
That when this life shall fleet away,
in heaven with thee I may have place
Where thou doest raigne eternally,
with God which once did down thee send
Wher Angels sing continually,
to thee bee praise world whitout end.