The Lord is king, be the people never so impatient (William Boyce)

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  • (Posted 2014-09-24)  CPDL #33014:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2014-09-24).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 169 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from A collection of anthems and a short service in score for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 8 voices (London, 1790). Appoggiature written out in full.

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Title: The Lord is king, be the people never so impatient
Composer: William Boyce
Source of text: Psalm 99:1, Jer. 47:6, Psalm 20:7, Psalm 147:14a, Psalm 46:9a, Psalm 107:31-32

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATB(SATB)
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1790 in Collection of Anthems and a Short Service, p. 99

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Original text and translations

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Ps.99:1  The Lord is king, be the people never so impatient: he sitteth between the cherubims, be the earth never so unquiet.
Jer.47:6  O thou sword of the Lord,… put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.
Ps.20:7  Some put their trust in chariots, and some in horses : but we will remember the Name of the Lord our God.
Ps.147:14a  He maketh peace in thy borders:
Ps.46:9a  He maketh wars to cease in all the world:
Ps.107:31  O that men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness: and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
Ps.107:32  That they would exalt him also in the congregation of the people: and praise him in the seat of the elders!