O Lord, grant the king a long life

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General information

Text used as a coronation anthem and, more generally, to celebrate the anniversary of the sovereign's accession (England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales)
Source of text: Book of Common Prayer 1662.

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See also O Lord, grant the king a long life (Maurice Greene) for an extended version used at the Chapel Royal, Windsor

Texts and Translations

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O Lord, grant the king[queen] a long life,
that his[her] years may endure throughout all generations.
He[She] shall dwell before God for ever.
O, prepare thy loving mercy and faithfulness,
that they may preserve him[her].

Variant 1

As for his[her] enemies, clothe them all with shame;
but upon himself[herself] let his[her] crown flourish.

Variant 2

So shall we [will I} always sing and praise [evermore give thanks unto] thy name [that I may daily perform my vows]. Amen.

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