Let mine eyes run down with tears, Z 24 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2017-06-28)  CPDL #45197:       
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2017-06-28).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 222 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Contains an editorial realization of the continuo part.

General Information

Title: Let mine eyes run down with tears, Z 24
Composer: Henry Purcell
Text: Jeremiah 14:17-22

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published:

Original text and translations

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Let mine eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease,
for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.
If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with the sword!
And if I enter into the city, then behold them that are sick with famine!
Yea, both the prophet and the priest go about into a land which they know not.

Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul loath'd Zion?
why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us?
We look'd for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold, trouble!

We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, and th'iniquity of our forefathers:
for we have sinn'd against thee.

Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake; do not, O do not disgrace the throne of thy glory:
remember, break not thy cov'nant with us.
Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heav'ns give show'rs?
Art thou not he, O Lord our God?

Therefore will we wait upon thee, for thou hast made all these things.