Expend, O Lord (Thomas Tallis)

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  • (Posted 2021-04-25)  CPDL #64206:     
Editor: Charles Gurnham (submitted 2021-04-25).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original spelling.
  • (Posted 2015-10-19)  CPDL #37251:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-10-19).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 73 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. A few minor edits, otherwise as written in 1567. Five more pairs of stanzas from Parker's paraphrase added.
  • (Posted 2015-10-19)  CPDL #37249:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-10-19).   Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 69 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). A few minor edits. Five more pairs of stanzas from Parker's paraphrase added.
  • (Posted 2005-10-10)  CPDL #09938:        (Finale 2005)
Editor: Tim Blickhan (submitted 2005-10-10).   Score information: Octavo, 1 page, 113 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: Expend, O Lord THE SIXTH TUNE
Composer: Thomas Tallis
Lyricist: Matthew Parker

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.) (actually 446. 446.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1567 in The whole Psalter translated (1567)
Description: Words by Matthew Parker, 1567, in twelve stanzas (mis-numbered in original). Tallis used stanzas one and two in his composition.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 5.

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1. Expend, O Lord,
My plaint of word,
In grief that I do make:
My musing mind,
Recount most kind;
Give ear for Thine own sake.

2. O hark my groan,
My crying moan,
My King, my God Thou art:
Let me not stray
From Thee alway,
To Thee I pray in heart.

3. My voice and vow
Thou wilt allow
Betimes, O Lord so free:
In spring of day,
I will Thee pray,
And shall look up to Thee.


4. This I may vow:
The God art Thou,
Which hate all wickedness:
No malice fell
With Thee can dwell,
Thou lov'st no cruelness.

5. Such foolish spite
Can bide no light
Of Thy good lovely face:
Thou dost defy
Their vanity,
Who wickedness embrace.

6. Thou shalt destroy
And them annoy
With lies who blame the Word:
Bloodthirsty men,
Which crafty run,
The Lord hath them abhorred.


7. Just will I go
Thy house into,
In trust of Thy great grace:
In fear I will
Do honor still,
Against that holy place.

8. O Lord, be guide,
Defend my side,
In Thy great righteousness:
Make plain the way,
Lest I go stray,
My foes shall brag the less.

9. Their mouths expess
No faithfulness,
Their hollow hearts be bain;
Wide throat they have
As open grave,
Their tongue but lies do fain.


10. Destroy their thought,
O God, for naught,
Their own ways be their shame:
Expel them out
In lies so shout
Who thus blaspheme Thy name.

11. Let them rejoice
That trust Thy voice,
Aye, thanks they shall extend:
Who love Thy name
Shall joy the same,
Thou dost to them defend.

12. Thou Lord wilt then
Give rightwise men
The heav'nly bliss from thence:
Thy favor kind
Is not behind,
As them with shield to fence.