Blessed is he that fears the Lord (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2004-04-05)  CPDL #06894:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-04-05).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 107 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised August 08.

General Information

Title: Blessed is he that fears the Lord
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredSacred song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 127
First published: 1588 in Psalmes, Sonnets and Songs, no. 8

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Original text and translations

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Blessed is he that fears the Lord,
He walketh in his ways,
And sets his great delight therein,
The length of all his days.

His seed, and those which of him come,
Mighty on earth shall be:
The race of such as faithful are,
Men blessed them shall see.

Plenteousness within his house,
and want there shall be never,
His righteous and upright dealing
Endure shall for ever.

In misty clouds of troubles dark,
Which do the just oppress,
The Lord in mercy send them light
And easeth their distress.

The righteous man is merciful
And lendeth where is need;
He guides with judgement all his things
Be it in word or deed.

Though storms do fall and tempests rise,
The righteous shall stand fast,
A good remembrance of the just
For ever that shall last.

None evil tidings shall him fear,
His heart is fully set;
He trusteth and believes the Lord,
That will not him forget.

A stablished heart within his breast,
No fear where so he goes;
The Lord in justice will revenge
The malice of his foes.

A hand that doth relieve the poor,
For which he may be sure
A good report will follow him.
That always shall endure.

This shall the wicked see and fret
And waste away with ire,
Perish shall and consume to nought
All that he doth desire.

(Anonymous metrical version of Psalm 112)