Have mercy upon me (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2020-05-24)  CPDL #58799:       (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-05-24).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Part files for recorder and viol clefs are available on IMSLP.
  • (Posted 2004-07-12)  CPDL #07577:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-07-12).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 250 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised March 23 (formatting). All parts in G and F clefs; viol parts in C clefs available from editor on request.

General Information

Title: Have mercy upon me O God
Composer: William Byrd
Source of text: Psalm 51: 1-2, translation close to Coverdale's in the Book of Common Prayer
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTTB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: 3 tenor & 1 bass viols

First published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 25

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Original text and translations

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Have mercy upon me O God, after thy great goodness. And according to the multitude of thy mercies wipe away mine offences.
Wash me clean from my wickedness, and purge me from my sin. Amen.