O Lord, I have sinned (John Blow)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-05-12). Score information: A4, 9 pages, 122 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Clefs modernised. From Cathedral Music, Volume 3 (William Boyce).
Title: O Lord, I have sinned
Composer: John Blow
Source of text: Job 7:20-21; Isaiah 38:12 & 14; Job 3:20-22 & 24.
Original text and translations
O lord, I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, thou preserver of men?
O why hast thou set me up as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?
O pardon my transgression, and take away my sin.
Mine age is departed and removed from me: thou wilt cut me off with pining sickness.
Mine eyes fail with looking upwards: I did mourn as a dove;
O Lord, I am oppressed, undertake for me, O Lord my God.
O wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, or life to the bitter in soul.
which long for death, but it cometh not;
And rejoice exceedingly when they can find the grave.
For my sighing comes before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.