Be unto me (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2021-03-30)  CPDL #63820:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-03-30).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 164 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A bar-less edition of the anthem transposed to D major for AATB
  • (Posted 2008-05-25)  CPDL #16995:     .
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-05-25).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 226 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised March 23 (underlay, formatting)

General Information

Title: Be unto me
Composer: William Byrd
Lyricist: William Leighton

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: AATB
Genre: SacredSacred song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1614 in The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule, no. 30

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Original text and translations

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Be unto me O Lord a tower of strength,
against my mortall foe,
O guard and warde me with thy power,
which way so ever I shall goe.
Then shall my heart and soule rejoyce,
in God my Lord with cheerefull voyce.