The secret sins (Orlando Gibbons)

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  • (Posted 2008-02-24)  CPDL #16252:     
Editor: Michael Gibson (submitted 2008-02-24).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 112 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment. Filled out accompaniment; follows Durham version.

General Information

Title: The Secret Sins
Composer: Orlando Gibbons

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Verse: Countertenor (or alto)
Genre: SacredAnthemVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Skeletal organ (outer voices only), suggesting the original accompaniment might have been a viol accompaniment

First published:
Description: preserved in two incomplete sources with some differences at the full choir entry.

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

The secret sins that hidden lye within my pensive heart.
Procures great heaps of bitter thoughts and fills my soul with smart;
And yet the more my soul doth seek some sweet relief to find,
the more doth sin, with vain delights,
Alas, still keep me blind.

Thou see’st, O God, the strifes there are between my soul ans sin:
Thy grace doth work, but sin prevails and blinds my soul therein.
Wherefore, sweet Christ, thy grace increase, my faith augment withal,
And for Thy tender mercy’s sake,
Lord, hear me when I call.