Turn thou us, O good Lord a4 (Thomas Tomkins)

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  • (Posted 2016-06-08)  CPDL #39964:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2016-06-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 183 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key and note values; editorial slurs and accidentals added.

General Information

Title: Turn thou us, O good Lord
Composer: Thomas Tomkins

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATBB
Genre: SacredAnthemCanon

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Organ

First published: 1668 in Musica Deo sacra, no. 4.31
Description: This four-part canon (of impressive counterpoint, though at times awkward text-setting) is a setting of the last collect in the Commination service.

Original text and translations

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Turn thou us, O good Lord, and so shall we be turned.
Be favourable, O Lord, be favourable to thy people, who turn to thee in weeping, fasting, and praying.
For thou art a merciful God, full of compassion, long-suffering, and of great pity.
Thou sparest when we deserve punishment, and in thy wrath thinkest upon mercy.
Spare thy people, good Lord, spare them, and let not thine heritage be brought to confusion.
Hear us, O Lord, for thy mercy is great, and after the multitude of thy mercies look upon us.