Turn our captivity (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2012-01-14)  CPDL #25027:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_snd_globe.gif Sib_globe.png (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Patrick Kan (submitted 2011-11-27).   Score information: Letter, 11 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on CPDL #5917 but transposed a tone higher for SSAATB
  • (Posted 2003-11-03)  CPDL #05917:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-11-03).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 159 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Jul 11. Original voicing, AATTBB.

General Information

Title: Turn our captivity
Composer: William Byrd
Source of text: Psalm 126: 4-6, version from The Primer, or Office of the blessed Virgin Marie (1599)

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: AATTBB, or SSAATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 30

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Original text and translations

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Turne our captivitie, O Lord, as a brooke in the South.
They that sowe in teares, shall reap in joyfulness.
Going they went and wept, casting their seeds.
But comming, they shall come with jolitie, carrying their sheaves with them.