Shew us, O Lord (Thomas Causton)

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  • (Posted 2021-09-12) 
CPDL #65742:  Original pitch for TTBarB:     
CPDL #65741:  Transposed up a major third for AATB:    
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2021-09-12).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 201 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Edited from John Day's 'Certaine Notes' (1565). Original note values retained.

General Information

Title: Shew us, O Lord
Composer: Thomas Causton
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: TTBB or AATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1565
Description: Probably composed during the reign of King Edward VI (r.1547-1553), this simple anthem for men sets a translation of two antiphons from the pre-Reformation service of Compline.

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Original text and translations

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Shew us, O Lord, the light of thy countenance,
that we being delivered
from the darkness of our hearts
may come to the very light, which is Christ.

And thou Lord preserve us while we be waking
and keep us while we be sleeping,
that we may wake with Christ,
and take rest in peace.