Right blest are they (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2003-02-03)  CPDL #04803:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-02-03).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 100 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Feb 09.

General Information

Title: Right Blest are They
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATT
Genre: SacredPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Songs of sundrie natures, no. 2
Description: Setting of an anonymous metrical version of Psalm 32, vv. 1–2.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Right blest are they whose wicked sins,
by God remitted be,
and whose defaults are covered,
through his great clemency.

The man is blest, to whom our Lord
hath not imputed sin,
nor in his sprite deceit is found,
nor takes delight therein.