O Lord, I have sinned (John Blow)

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  • (Posted 2016-05-12)  CPDL #39639:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-05-12).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 122 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Clefs modernised. From Cathedral Music, Volume 3 (William Boyce).

General Information

Title: O Lord, I have sinned
Composer: John Blow
Source of text: Job 7:20-21; Isaiah 38:12 & 14; Job 3:20-22 & 24.

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1773 in Cathedral Music, Volume 3, p. 223

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Original text and translations

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O lord, I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, thou preserver of men?
O why hast thou set me up as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?
O pardon my transgression, and take away my sin.
Mine age is departed and removed from me: thou wilt cut me off with pining sickness.
Mine eyes fail with looking upwards: I did mourn as a dove;
O Lord, I am oppressed, undertake for me, O Lord my God.
O wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, or life to the bitter in soul.
which long for death, but it cometh not;
And rejoice exceedingly when they can find the grave.
For my sighing comes before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters.