What is the cause that thou, O Lord (John Valentine)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-15)  CPDL #35768:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2015-06-15).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 50 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The alto part is printed in the alto clef in the source. Only the first verse of the text is given in the source, although the three other verses to be sung are specified in the heading of the piece. The suggested underlaying of these three verses in the present edition is editorial. The two treble-range instrumental parts in the Interlude are both printed on the same treble-clef staff in the source, the first part with tails up and the second with tails down: they have here been split out onto separate staves. The solo voice parts in bars 9-17 are successively marked 'Counter Solo', 'Treble Solo', 'Tenor Solo' and 'Bass Solo' in the source: the indication 'Chorus' is given over the second half of bar 17.

General Information

Title: What is the cause that thou, O Lord
Composer: John Valentine
Lyricist: Thomas Sternhold

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: Accompaniment for an unspecified bass-range instrument, with an interlude to be played between the verses for two treble-range instruments and one bass-range instrument (all unspecified)

First published: 1784 in Thirty Psalm Tunes, p. 16-17
Description:  Setting of selected verses from Psalm 10. Hymn Tune Index tune number 4480.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 10, verses 1, 12, 13 and 14.