Lift up to heav'n sad wretch thy heavy sprite (Thomas Campion)

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  • (Posted 2021-03-03)  CPDL #63291:       
Editor: Joseph Knapicius (submitted 2021-03-03).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 59 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Arranged by Joseph Knapicius.

General Information

Title: Lift up to heav'n sad wretch thy heavy sprite
Composer: Thomas Campion
Lyricist: Thomas Campion

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredConsort song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1613 in The First Booke of Ayres, no. 12

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Original text and translations

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Lift up to heav'n sad wretch thy heavy sprite,
What though thy sins thy due destruction threat?

The Lord exceeds in mercy as in might;
His ruth is greater though thy crimes be great.

Remorse for all that truly mourn hath place;
Not God, but men of him themselves deprive:

With cheerful voice to him then cry for grace,
Thy faith, and fainting hope, with prayer revive;

Strive then, and he will help; call him, he'll hear;
The son needs not the father's fury fear.

Repentance needs not fear the heav'ns' just rod,
It stays ev'n thunder in the hand of God.