A Godly Psalme of Mary Queene (Anonymous)
- Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2022-10-12). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 283 kB Copyright: CC BY NC ND
- Edition notes: Original pitch and note values retained.
First published: 1553
Description: A setting of a poem by Richard Beeard welcoming the new reign of Mary Tudor. The music is uncredited and there is no reason to suppose that it is by Beeard.
Original text and translations
1. Al England now bee glad at ones,
With one heart mynde and voyce:
For now haue wee the greatest cause
To sing and eke reioyce.
2. For God hath brought his seruaunts trew
From troubles sore and great,
Put downe the proude, and hathe the meeke
In theyr iust places set.
3. The Lord hathe turnd his wrath and ire
From us out of hys mynde:
Beeholding vs with countenaunce
Moast louing sweete and kynde.
4. That God which might haue right wisely
Destroyde vs euery one,
Hathe shewd him self moast mercyful
To healp vs al alone.
5. He hathe regarded equitie,
Treuth, iustice, law, and right:
And ouerthrowne and vanquisshed
The wrongful dealers might.
6. Wee looked al for pestilence
And vengeaunce at his hand,
And eke innumerable plagues
To come upon the land:
7. But nowe hathe hee sent downe his grace
And mercy from aboue,
And shewed vs undoubtedly
A token of his loue.
8. Wee haue ful iustly looked heeare
For death and ruines rife:
And now doo wee beehold and trust
A good and ioyful lyfe.
9. Yea, wee that weare moast sorowful,
Without a spreet or heart:
Within a quarter of an houre
Did quicken and reuert.
10. Wee which weare brought by seruitude
Untrewth and wronge tobey,
Do trewth and iustice execute,
And put that wrong away.
11. Wee for our owne great variaunce
Did forayne straungers feare,
Lest they throughe oure discension heare
Might rule among vs beare:
12. But now wee shal with vnytie
Bee able to withstand
And vanquish al our enemies,
And driue such from oure land.
13. Oure kyngdome which deuyded so
Could neuer long abyde
Shall nowe in vnitie bee kept,
And treason bee espide.
14. And wee that onely looked for
Gods vengeaunce to vs bent
Haue now his greatest benefyte
Whiche hee to vs hathe sent.
15. Hee doothe beehold vs meryli
And wil continew stil,
Yf wee as servauntes to his trewth
Obey vnto his wyl.
16. Hee saw that wickednesse arose,
And bare his trewth despite:
And now wil hee out of the land
Destroy the workers quite.
17. When tyme that none durst speake for trewth
Then hee him selfe so good
Hathe stepped foorth and opend al
Tauenge the gyltlesse bloude.
18. He setteth and establyssheth
His servauntes in their right:
And ouerthrowes the wicked sort,
For al theyr strength and might.
19. It is not armoure, harneyse bright,
Nor any weapon strong,
The strength that to the handes of men
Or hoorses dothe belong:
20. Nor any power on the earth
That can preuayle or stand,
But onely God the Lord him self
Wil haue the vpper hand.
21. What can a fortresse, castel strong,
Or bulwarke els preuayle:
Against the Lorde that maketh al;
In neede theese thinges wyl fayle.
22. The lord beeholdes the hearts and myndes
Of godly men ful playne,
Which onely seeke that ryghtwysenesse
And equitie may raygne.
23. How wondersly doothe God with vs
His people England deale;
Suche ioy as wee scarce looked for
Among vs to reueale.
24. Hee healps the captiues out of prison,
Breakes the walles of stone:
And riddes his chosen from the death,
And peryls euery one.
25. Oure comfort is come neare, and eke
Oure prayer heard, I trust:
Of God which in the heauen dwelles,
And fyghteth for the iust.
26. For hee hathe set and stablysshed
Oure worthy soueraygne:
And oure liege lady, Marie Queene,
On vs by trewth to raygne.
27. Hee hathe vs sent a comforter
To bee oure healp and guyde:
With pitie and with vertues al
Endewd on euery syde.
28. The lawful, iust, and rightuouse,
Of England, head, and Queene:
To bee the true enheritoure,
As hathe her brother beene.
29. Not clayming by collusion,
Nor cloking it by sleyght:
But by her byrth, descending from
Her godly father streight.
30. She beeing eldest sister right
Unto oure soueraigne Lord,
Kynge Edward late the syxt by name,
Whose strength was gods trew word.
31. For which moast godly impe and bud
Of Jessees stocke and roote,
Thoughe wee haue almoost cause to sighe,
And sorow bee oure boote:
32. Yet are wee comforted agayne,
Lyft up, and eke erect:
Bycause the Lord hath placed thus
His chosen and elect.
33. Whiche beeing oure moast godly Queene,
That seeks our preseruacion,
No doubt wil strongly buyld vpon
Her brothers good fondacion.
34. The ground worke hee hathe layde him selfe,
And shee is left a lon
To buyld the house and fortresse vp
Of trew religion.
35. O England now continew styl
In myrth and ioy therefore:
For God wyl strengthen day by day
Your gladnesse more and more.
36. Our soueraygne and rightioyse Queene
Wyl vyce and syn depresse,
Wyl cheafly loue the churche of God,
And punysh wickednesse.
37. The Lord almighty graunte that shee
May prospere to succeede,
To haue on vs moast quiet raygne,
And healp her in her neede.
38. The Lorde destroy her enemyes
And make her foes bewrayde,
To bee soone catched in the snare
That they for her haue layde.
39. Defend her, Lord, and eke al those
That beare to her good heart:
And graunte that from thy holy word
She neuer swarue ne start.
40. Then doubtlesse al, bothe old and yong,
Shal prayse thy name for euer:
And sing in psalmes to thee on earth,
Which doost forsake vs neuer.
41. Lord saue our Queene moast graciouse,
From euel and from feare:
The Lady eke Elizabeth,
Her godly sister deare.
42. Lord God preseue the noble men,
From daungers il and crime:
And send vs peace and quietnesse,
In this same later tyme.
43. Al glory bee to God therefore,
The father and the sone:
And also to the holy ghost,
In deitye but one.
44. As it hath been from al beginninges
Unto this beefore:
As now it is, and from this tyme,
Shalbee for euermore.