Mercy and truth are met together (Arthur Sullivan)

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  • (Posted 2010-07-28)  CPDL #22025:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-07-28).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 139 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 5/4/21.
  • (Posted 2002-04-07)  CPDL #03507:  Network.png
Editor: Paul Howarth (submitted 2002-04-07).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 212 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: From the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive.

General Information

Title: Mercy and truth are met together
Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Source of text: Psalm 85 vv. 10,11a,13 (Book of Common Prayer)

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1874 Novello
Description: Arrangement of Cherubic Hymn by Dmitri Bortniansky. This is largely an SATB anthem, with an SSA interlude from bars 43-49, and basses in octaves from bar 59 to the end. Since the keyboard part is merely a reduction of the voice parts, it could be sung a cappella, although it is likely that Sullivan intended an organ accompaniment.

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Original text and translations

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Mercy and truth are met together: righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth shall flourish out of the earth:
Righteousness shall go before Him: and He shall direct his going in the way.