O Lord, deliver me from mine enemies (Christopher Tye)
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Title: O Lord, deliver me from mine enemies
Composer: Christopher Tye
Description: Tye is credited as an enthusiastic participant in the Edwardian reformation, composing for the newly coined English liturgy. However, this piece is a later contrafactum of a piece with a Latin title which appears in a number of instrumental collections from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Amavit eum Dominus. See I lift my heart to thee for a different contrafactum. The model for the present text remains unidentified (although it is similar in sentiment to psalm 59), and its liturgical use is not known.
Original text and translations
O Lord, deliver me from mine enemies, and save me from all them that would devour me.
There is no saving health but in thee.
O bow down thine ear, Lord, unto me and receive my prayer,
and I will sing with angels unto thee: Halleluia.