Let God arise, Z 23 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-10)  CPDL #57933:       
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2020-04-10).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 202 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Contains an editorial realization of the continuo part.

General Information

Title: Let God arise, Z 23
Composer: Henry Purcell
Text: Psalm 68:1–3, 7–8

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published:
Description: Verse anthem for 2 tenor soloists and SATB chorus. A very early work of Purcell's (written before 1679).

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered:
let them also that hate him flee before him.
Like as the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away:
and like as wax melteth at the fire,
so let the ungodly perish at the presence of God.
But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God:
let them also be merry and joyful.
O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people,
when thou wentest through the wilderness,
the earth shook, and the heav'ns dropped at the presence of God:
ev'n as Mount Sinai also was moved at the presence of God,
who is the God of Israel.

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 68 .