Lord, I can suffer thy rebukes, Z 136 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-07)  CPDL #33610:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2014-12-07).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 95 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of an edition by Christoph Lahme, with some corrrections to the underlay. Original source is British Library.

General Information

Title: Lord, I can suffer thy rebukes, Z 105
Composer: Henry Purcell
Lyricist: John Patrick

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSTB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

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Original text and translations

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1  Lord, I can suffer Thy rebukes
When Thou dost kindly me chastise,
But Thy fierce wrath I cannot bear:
O let not that against me rise.
2  Pity my languishing estate
And those perplexities I feel;
While crushèd by Thy heavy hand,
O let Thy gentler touches heal.
3  Lord, for Thy goodness’ sake return
And save my life, for in the grave
None can remember Thee, nor Thou
Thankful acknowledgements can have.


4  See how I pass my weary days
In sighs and groans, and when ‘tis night,
I drown my bed and self in tears;
My grief consumes and dims my sight.
5  Depart, ye wicked foes, your hopes
Are dashed, for this my mournful voice
Will bring God nearer to my aid,
When you come flocking to rejoice.
6  The Lord hath heard my pray’r, and those
That gaped upon me as their prey
Will vex themselves at their defeat
And their confusion turn away.