Wipe away my sins (Thomas Tallis)

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  • (Posted 2008-09-25)  CPDL #18102:     
Editor: Michael Gibson (submitted 2008-09-25).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 416 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a tone and note values halved.

General Information

Title: Wipe away my sins
Composer: Thomas Tallis

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBarB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ or a cappella

    Manuscript c.1560-1590 in British Library Add. MS 30480-30484 (Hamond Partbooks), no. 30
Description: The music is that of the Latin Motet Absterge Domine. The pre 1650 English text is a loose translation of the original Latin.

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Original text and translations

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Wipe away my sins, O Lord,
which ignorantly in my youth I have done;
and give pardon to the penitent,
for thou art my Lord, my God.
All the hope of my soul doth rest in thee only.
Thou art my hope, thou art mt health,
My tears do testify my grief, mt dolour and affliction.
Be mindful O Lord God of thy goodwill
and with favour give ear unto my prayer.
Then shall mr heart rejoice in thee
and my spirit shall serve thee for ever and ever. Amen.