I laid me down (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2009-03-12)  CPDL #19029:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2009-03-12).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: I laid me down
Composer: William Byrd
Lyricist: William Leighton

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: AATTB
Genre: SacredPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1614 in The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule, no. 31

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Original text and translations

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I laid mee downe to rest and slept,
and in the morning rose againe,
God me sustaind, and safely kept,
and by his grace did me maintaine:

His Angels pitcht me round about,
sleeping and waking keeping me,
both comming in and going out,
they guard me with security.