Within thy tabernacle, Lord (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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  • (Posted 2021-07-04)  CPDL #64948:         
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2021-07-04).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: This edition is of the arrangement of Ravenscroft's tune (with the air in the Treble part) given on p7 of Richard Langdon's Divine Harmony, London: 1774. The instrumental bass part is by Langdon, who describes it as an 'accompanying or Auxiliary Bass, for a Violoncello or Bassoon, which tho' not essential to the Performance, may be used in those Churches where there is no Organ'. The alto and tenor parts are printed in the alto and tenor clefs respectively in the source. Only the first verse of the text (the metrical 'Old Version' Ps. 15) is underlaid in the source, with the first verse of the 'New Version' text (beginning 'Lord, who's the happy man that may') printed after the music, as an alternative. Three further verses from the 'Old Version' have here been added editorially.

General Information

Title: Within thy tabernacle, Lord
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft
Arranger: Richard Langdon
Lyricist: Thomas Sternhold
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1621 in The Whole Booke of Psalmes
  2nd published: 1728 in The Whole Book of Psalm-Tunes, revised by William Turner
  3rd published: 1774 in Divine Harmony, edited by Richard Langdon
Description: The Hymn Tune Index indicates that this tune (HTI tune number 367a) was first published in a printed source for use with an English-language hymn text in the 1621 edition of Thomas Ravenscroft's The Whole Booke of Psalmes ... composed into 4. Parts by sundry authors. In that book, the tune was named 'Excester', and was used with the texts 'O Lord, within thy tabernacle' (the earlier version of Thomas Sternhold's metrical version of Ps. 15) and 'Thy praise alone, O Lord, doth reign' (John Hopkins' metrical version of Ps. 65). The HTI concludes that the tune is 'Probably by Thomas Ravenscroft'.

In William Turner's 1728 revision of The Whole Book of Psalms, which was titled The Whole Book of Psalm-Tunes, in four parts, the tune name was updated to 'Exeter', and the text was amended to begin 'Within thy tabernacle, Lord'. In both the 1621 and 1728 publications, the air is given in the tenor part.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 15.