O God give ear (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2022-11-12)  CPDL #71534:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2022-11-12).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2002-12-05)  CPDL #04296:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-12-05).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 115 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Sept 2016 (1 correction plus editorial accidentals).

General Information

Title: O God give ear
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: ATTBB
Genre: SacredPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1588 in Psalmes, Sonnets and Songs, no. 1
Description: A setting of Psalm 55, vv. 1-3, in John Hopkins's metrical translation

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Original text and translations

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O God give eare & do apply,
to heare me when I pray:
and when to thee I call & cry,
hide not thy self away,

Take heed to me, grant my request,
& answer me againe:
With plaints I pray full sore opprest,
great griefe doth me constraine.

Because my foes with threats & cries,
oppresse me through despite:
and so the wicked sort likewise,
to vexe me have delight.

For they in counsel do conspire,
to charge me with some ill,
So in their hasty wrath and ire,
they doe pursue mee still.