Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake (Richard Farrant)

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  • (Posted 2017-12-06)  CPDL #47903:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-12-06).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 43 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #4769, with repeat inserted, and minor corrections.
  • (Posted 2012-08-12)  CPDL #26922:       
Editor: Christopher Upton (submitted 2012-08-12).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third to Ab. Includes the Amen.
  • (Posted 2010-10-20)  CPDL #22341:     
Editor: Bram Wayman (submitted 2010-09-23).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Short score. Uses the less familiar text "…in an upright heart," rather than "…in a perfect heart."
  • (Posted 2006-10-03)  CPDL #12761:  Network.png
Editor: Dan Foster (submitted 2006-10-03).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up M2 approximate Farrant’s historical pitch. Note values halved. Scored in clefs familiar to modern readers.
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Edition notes: Composer listed as Hilton, but it is believed that Farrant is the composer.
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  • (Posted 1999-06-27)  CPDL #00128:         
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General Information

Title: Lord, for Thy tender mercy's sake
Composer: Richard Farrant
Source of text: Lidley's Prayers, 1566

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or ATTB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1905 in The Anthem Book, no. 162
    2nd published: 1933 in The Church Anthem Book, p. 46

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Lord, for thy tender mercy's sake,
lay not our sins to our charge,
but forgive that is past,
and give us grace to amend our sinful lives.
To decline from sin and incline to virtue,
that we may walk in a perfect heart [or: in an upright heart] before thee,
now and evermore.

German.png German translation

Herr, rechne uns um deines liebevollen Erbarmens willen
unsere Sünden nicht an,
sondern vergib uns, was vergangen ist,
und gib uns die Gnade, unser sündiges Leben zu bessern.
Dass wir von der Sünde ablassen und uns zur Tugend neigen,
damit wir mit aufrichtigem Herz vor dir wandeln können,
jetzt und immerdar.

Translation by Heinz Waldmann