Unto the hills mine eyes I lift (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2004-12-17)  CPDL #08728:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-12-17).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 278 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Sept 2021 (error correction, formatting).

General Information

Title: Unto the hills mine eyes I lift
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: AATTBB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Songs of sundrie natures, no. 45

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Unto the hills myne eyes I lyft,
my hope shall never fade,
but from the Lord I looke for helpe,
that heaven and earth hath made.

Thy foote he will from slipping save,
& he that doth thee keepe,
with watchfull eye will thee preserve,
without slomber or sleepe.

The Lord thy keeper & shade is,
& stands at thy right arme,
the Sunne by day shall not thee burne,
nor Moone by nyght thee harme.

The Lord shall keepe thee from all yll,
thy soule he shall preserve,
and all thy waies both in & out,
for ever shall conserve.

Anonymous metrical version of Psalm 121.