Hear O heavens (Pelham Humfrey)
- (Posted 2016-10-28) CPDL #41599:
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-10-28). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 92 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: From Cathedral Music, Volume 3 (William Boyce). Clefs modernised.
Title: Hear O heavens
Composer: Pelham Humfrey
Source of text: Isaiah 1:2,4,16-18
Description: SATB chorus, with ATB verses.
Original text and translations
2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: …
I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
4 Ah sinful nation, … a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters:
they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger.
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord:
though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.