Where sin sore wounding (John Dowland)

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  • (Posted 2012-08-11)  CPDL #26916:      (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Stefan Schwarz (submitted 2012-08-11).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Arranged for SATB + classical guitar.
  • (Posted 2008-07-01)  CPDL #17409:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-07-01).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATB plus lute tablature (7/8 course, tenor G tuning)

General Information

Title: Where Sinne sore wounding
Composer: John Dowland

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredLute song

Language: English
Instruments: Lute

First published: 1612 in A Pilgrimes Solace, no. 17
Description: May be performed: SATB plus lute; solo voice (S/T) plus lute and (preferably) bass viol; S solo, 3 viols plus lute.

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Original text and translations

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Where Sinne sore wounding, daily doth oppresse me,
There Grace abounding freely doth redresse mee:
So that resounding still I shall confesse thee,
Father of mercy.

Though Sinne offending daily doth torment mee,
Yet Grace amending, since I doe repent mee,
At my lives ending will I hope present mee
cleare to thy mercy.

The wound Sinne gave me was of Death assured,
Did not Grace save mee, whereby it is cured:
So thou wilt have mee to thy love inured,
free without merit.

Sinnes stripe is healed, and his sting abated,
Deaths mouth is sealed, and the Grave amated,
Thy Love revealed, and thy Grace related
gives me this spirit.