O Lord, grant the king a long life (Maurice Greene)
- Editor: Mike Wallen (submitted 2021-07-20). Score information: Letter, 25 pages, 575 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: choir voices use C-clefs.
First published: 1743 in Forty Select Anthems, no. 40
Description: This is a Verse Anthem with Tenor Solo and SATB choir. Text is from Psalms 61, 79, 132, 118, and 20
An anthem to mark the anniversary of the sovereign's accession. Contains portmanteau text from the BCP, 1662 but with fulsome additions (as befits the organist of the Chapel Royal at Windsor)
Original text and translations
O Lord, grant the king a long life;
O prepare thy loving mercy and faithfulness,
that they may preserve him.
Let thy mercy continue with him for evermore;
and thy counsel stand fast with him.
Let his seed endure for ever,
and his throne as the days of heaven.
As for his enemies, clothe them with shame:
but upon himself let his crown flourish.
This is the day which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
We will rejoice in thy salvation;
and triumph in the Name of the Lord our God.