Look down O Lord (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2008-05-22)  CPDL #16979:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-05-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 214 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised March 23 (formatting).
  • (Posted 2001-07-10)  CPDL #02830:     
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2001-07-10).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: Look down O Lord
Composer: William Byrd
Lyricist: William Leighton (c.1565-1622)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSTB
Genre: SacredSacred song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1614 in The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule, no. 19

External websites:

  • Free choir training aids for this work are available at Choralia.

Original text and translations

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Look down, O Lord, on me poor man,
in Thee I live, I move and am,
O clear my soul and conscience,
that I in Thee my peace find,
rest to my heart, joy to my mind,
freede from my sin and mine offence.