O Lord my God - arr. William Boyce (Pelham Humfrey)

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  • (Posted 2016-09-24)  CPDL #41228:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-09-24).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 115 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From Cathedral Music, Volume 2 (William Boyce). Clefs modernised.
  • (Posted 2010-08-02)  CPDL #22048:       
Editor: Tim Risher (submitted 2010-08-02).   Score information: Letter, 14 pages, 291 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: The continuo part has been realised in a simple fashion, I leave it up to the performer to embellish. William Boyce has altered several harmonies, removing some of the more unusual chromatic notes (alas)!

General Information

Title: O Lord My God
Composer: Pelham Humfrey
Arranger: William Boyce
Lyricist: Psalm 22 vv. 1,14,19,16-18

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1768 in Cathedral Music, Volume 2, p. 242
Description: This is the O Lord my God  by Pelham Humfrey, but in a truncated version that appears in Cathedral Music, Volume 2 (William Boyce). Boyce also altered chords and filled out harmonies, as well as to update the work to the fashion of his own day.

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Original text and translations

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O Lord my God, why hast thou forsaken me,
and art so far from my health and from the words of my complaint?
I am poured out out, like water,
all my bones are out of joint,
my heart also in the midst of my body,
is ev'n like melting wax.

But be not thou far from me O Lord,
thou art my succour, haste thee to help me.

For many dogs are come about me,
and the counsel of the wicked lay'th siege against me.
They pierc'd my hands and my feet; I may tell all my bones,
They stand staring and looking upon me,
they part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

But be not thou far from me O Lord,
thou art my succour, haste thee to help me.