If that a sinner's sighs (John Milton the elder)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-06-12).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 273 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. This edition is offered at original pitch for SSATB or transposed down a fourth for AATTB

General Information

Title: If that a sinner's sighs
Composer: John Milton the elder
Lyricist: William Leighton
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SSATB or AATTB
Genre: SacredMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1614 in The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule, no. 51
Description: A setting intended for domestic, not church, use

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Original text and translations

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If that a sinner's sighs,
Sent from a soul with grief oppressed,
May Thee, O Lord, to mercy move,
And to compassion,
Then pity me and ease my misery.