O give thanks unto the Lord for he is gracious (William Boyce)

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  • (Posted 2012-03-22)  CPDL #25807:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-22).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 171 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the 1780 edition of Boyce's works.

General Information

Title: O give thanks unto the Lord for he is gracious
Composer: William Boyce
Source of text: Psalm 118 vv. 1-2, Psalm 145 v 18, Psalm 55 v 4, Psalm 107 v 13, Psalm 116 v 7, Psalm 34 v 3, Psalm 84 v 9, Psalm 61 v 7, Psalm 89 v 30 & Psalm 61 v 8

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

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1780 in 15 Anthems, no. 10
    2nd published: 1790 in Collection of Anthems and a Short Service, p. 30
Description: Verse anthem with S and B solos and ATB verse sections. This setting is distinct from the full anthem based on Psalm (105).

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Original text and translations

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O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious: because his mercy endureth for ever.
Let Israel now confess that he is gracious: and that his mercy endureth for ever.
The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him: yea, all such as call upon him faithfully.
My heart was disquieted within me: and the fear of death was fall’n upon me.
But in my trouble, I called upon the Lord: and he delivered me out of my distress.
Turn again then unto thy rest, O my soul: for the Lord hath rewarded thee.
O praise the Lord with me: and let us magnify his name together.
Behold, O God our defender: and look upon the face of thine anointed.
O prepare thy loving mercy and faithfulness, that they may preserve him.
Let his seed endure for ever: and his throne as the days of heav’n.
So will we always sing praise unto thy name. Amen. Hallelujah.