O Lord, behold my miseries (John Milton the elder)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-06-12).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 340 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: O Lord, behold my miseries
Composer: John Milton the elder
Lyricist: William Leighton
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SSSAT or AATTB
Genre: SacredMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1614 in The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule, no. 34
Description: Setting of a text intended for domestic, not church, use.

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Original text and translations

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O Lord, behold my miseries, my pain and deadly grief:
No help, no hope but Thy mercies to yield my soul relief.
I hate myself and loathe my sin, my heart is rent with fear:
To think what state I have lived in; my wits with torments tear.