Let thy hand be strengthened (John Blow)

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  • (Posted 2010-01-17)  CPDL #20855:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-01-17).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. revised files uploaded 11/05/2016.
  • (Posted 2000-01-11)  CPDL #00043:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 2000-01-11).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: revised by Christian Mondrup.
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: m. 24, Tenor, Third note is A, not G source: http://www.chamberchorus.org/

General Information

Title: Let thy hand be strengthened
Composer: John Blow
Source of text: Psalm 89 vv14-15

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Written for the coronation of James II of EnglandLink to the English Wikipedia article in 1685. The text is from Psalm 89 vv 14-15, but not the BCP version, nor the King James (I) version, presumably because these were protestant and James was a Roman Catholic. It seems to be from the Douai-Rheims version (Psalm 88, because of the difference in numbering), which was a Roman Catholic translation of the Latin Vulgate into English, roughly contemporaneous with the KJV.

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Original text and translations

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Let thy hand be strengthen'd and thy right hand be exalted,
Let justice and judgment be the preparation of thy seat,
Let mercy and truth go before thy face.