O Lord, grant the king a long life (Thomas Weelkes)

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  • (Posted 2023-02-13)  CPDL #72629:  Network.png
Editor: Richard Shakeshaft (submitted 2023-02-13).   Score information: A4   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a tone. A preview is available, but name and email are required to download complete free licensed copies.
  • (Posted 2022-09-14)  CPDL #70807:     
Editor: Ben Byram-Wigfield (submitted 2022-09-14).   Score information: A4, 7 pages   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original note values; up a minor third.
  • (Posted 2021-01-26)  CPDL #62508:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-01-26).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 141 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A bar-less edition of the anthem.
  • (Posted 2020-10-22)  CPDL #60981:     
Editor: Robin Doveton (submitted 2020-10-22).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 466 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on Barnard (7-voice version) and transposed up a minor third.
  • (Posted 2018-08-23)  CPDL #50948:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2018-08-23).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 81 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. The current edition follows the six-part version collected by Tudway, which does not include a seventh (second bass) part recorded in Barnard, starting at bar 30 (in this edition's numbering).

General Information

Title: O Lord, grant the king a long life
Composer: Thomas Weelkes
Lyricist: Book of Common Prayer, 1559 (adapted)create page

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB, or Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SSATTBB

Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: The text was introduced under James I as part of a liturgy (not formalised in the Book of Common Prayer) used to mark the anniversary of the sovereign's accession. The current piece is believed to be the prototype. It was recognised more formally, after the restoration, in the Book of Common Prayer, 1662. More specifically, the text was used for a coronation anthem, 1660 - 1727.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at O Lord, grant the king a long life.