Let God arise, Z 23 (Henry Purcell)
- Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2020-04-10). Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 202 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Contains an editorial realization of the continuo part.
Title: Let God arise, Z 23
Composer: Henry Purcell
Text: Psalm 68:1–3, 7–8
Description: Verse anthem for 2 tenor soloists and SATB chorus. A very early work of Purcell's (written before 1679).
Original text and translations
Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered:
let them also that hate him flee before him.
Like as the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away:
and like as wax melteth at the fire,
so let the ungodly perish at the presence of God.
But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God:
let them also be merry and joyful.
O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people,
when thou wentest through the wilderness,
the earth shook, and the heav'ns dropped at the presence of God:
ev'n as Mount Sinai also was moved at the presence of God,
who is the God of Israel.
Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 68.