Almighty God, which by the leading of a star (John Bull)

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  • (Posted 2022-03-12)  CPDL #68357:     
Editor: Hugo Janacek (submitted 2022-03-12).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 221 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This edition is presented a minor third above the original written pitch, suitable for SSAATB. A complete set of four viol parts is provided, along with an organ reduction.
  • (Posted 2022-03-12)  CPDL #68353:     
Editor: Hugo Janacek (submitted 2022-03-12).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 217 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This edition is presented at the original written pitch, suitable for AATTBB. A complete set of four viol parts is provided, along with an organ reduction.

General Information

Title: Almighty God, which by the leading of a star
Composer: John Bull
Lyricist:
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicings: SSAATB or AATTBB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: ca. 1600
Description: This is a verse anthem suitable for the Epiphany. It was extremely popular in the 17th century, appearing in many manuscript sources. Along with the title listed above, it was also commonly referred to as ‘The Star Anthem’.

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Original text and translations

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Almighty God, which by the leading of a star
did'st manifest thy only begotten Son to the Gentiles:
Mercifully grant, that we, which know thee now by faith,
May after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.