Lord thou hast commanded (Baruch Bulman)
- Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2014-02-28). Score information: A4, 7 pages, 137 kB Copyright: CC BY NC ND
- Edition notes: Edited from London, British Library Add. MSS 30480-4. Transposed down a tone to compensate for the high clefs. Note values halved.
Title: Lord thou hast commanded
Composer: Baruch Bulman
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: AATB
Genre: Sacred, Anthem
Instruments: A cappella
Description: One of the less competent compositions from Tudor England, employing an unusually wide compass ranging, in the original notation, from bottom C in the bass to the A above middle C.
Original text and translations
Lord, thou hast commanded by thy holy apostle
that we should abstain from fornication,
and that every one of us should know how to keep his vessel,
that is to say, his body, in holiness and honour, and not in the lust of concupiscence,
as do the heathen, which know not God.
I beseech thee to give me grace to behave myself according to this thy holy commandment,
that in this time of my single life, I defile not my body with whoredom or any other uncleanness;
but so order myself with all honesty and pureness of life that I may glorify thee,
my Lord God, both in body and spirit.
[A Prymmer Or Boke of Priuate Prayer (London, 1553)]