O God give ear (William Byrd)
- Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-12-05). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 115 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Revised Sept 2016 (1 correction plus editorial accidentals).
Title: O God give ear
Composer: William Byrd
Description: A setting of Psalm 55, vv. 1-3, in John Hopkins's metrical translation
Original text and translations
O God give eare & do apply,
to heare me when I pray:
and when to thee I call & cry,
hide not thy self away,
Take heed to me, grant my request,
& answer me againe:
With plaints I pray full sore opprest,
great griefe doth me constraine.
Because my foes with threats & cries,
oppresse me through despite:
and so the wicked sort likewise,
to vexe me have delight.
For they in counsel do conspire,
to charge me with some ill,
So in their hasty wrath and ire,
they doe pursue mee still.