Sing we merrily unto God (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2003-10-14)  CPDL #05703:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-10-14).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 158 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Nov 08.

General Information

Title: Sing we merrily unto God
Composer: William Byrd
Source of text: Psalm 81: 1-4, version by Coverdale from the Book of Common Prayer

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSSAT
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 20-21

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 81.

English.png English text

Sing we merrily unto God our strength, Make a chearefull noyse unto the God of Jacob.
Take the Shalme, bring hither the Tabret, the merry Harp with the Lute.
Blow up the Trumpet in the new Moone, even in the time appointed, and upon our solemn feast day:
for this was made a statute for Israel, and a Law of the God of Jacob.