Merciful Lord, we beseech thee (Thomas Tomkins)

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  • (Posted 2016-05-12)  CPDL #39637:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2016-05-12).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 213 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key and note values; editorial slurs and accidentals added.

General Information

Title: Merciful Lord, we beseech thee
Composer: Thomas Tomkins

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: AATTBB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ
First published: 1668 in Musica Deo sacra, no. 3
Description: This setting of the BCP collect for St. John's Day is for four soloists and six-part choir.

Original text and translations

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Merciful Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church:
that it being lightened by the doctrine of thy blessed apostle and evangelist Saint John,
may attain to thy everlasting gifts, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.