O Lord, bow down thine ear (Richard Allison)
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Title: O Lord, bow down thine ear
Composer: Richard Allison
Number of voices: 5vv Voicing: SATTB
Genre: Sacred, Anthem
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1606 in An Howres Recreation in Musicke, no. 23
Description: "A prayer for the long preservation of the king and his posterity", written in response to the Gunpowder Plot, 1605. The text adopts the tone of those prayers for the royal family included in the litany in the Book of Common Prayer (1559). Henry (Prince of Wales) did not survive to inherit the throne. A piece for private devotions rather than as part of the Anglican liturgy.
Original text and translations
O Lord, bow down thine ear unto our prayers, which we make to thee in
thy son's name; and for his sake preserve our gracious king and queen
from all their enemies. Continue, O Lord, their deliverance from the
conspiracies of all such as rise up against them. Preserve also his royal
progeny, Prince Henry and the rest, even through the same our Lord
Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost,
both now and ever. Amen.