If the Lord himself had not been on our side (William Child)

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  • (Posted 2021-07-31)  CPDL #65337:       
Editor: Mike Wallen (submitted 2021-07-31).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 545 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: choir voices use C-clefs. This edition taken from 1790 Cathedral Music, Volume 1 (Samuel Arnold) no.14. Voicing is for two full choirs. Instruments Organ continuo
  • (Posted 2021-04-01)  CPDL #63848:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-04-01).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 257 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: If the Lord himself had not been on our side
Composer: William Child
Lyricist: Psalm 124
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c.1660 in manuscript
  2nd published: 1790 in Cathedral Music, Volume 1 (Samuel Arnold), no. 14
Description: From the Tudway collection. "An anthem of thanksgiving to God for haveing put an end to the Great Rebellion in 1641 by the restauration of the Royall Family compos'd by Dr Child".
The setting would have remained useful after this nonce usage, Psalm 124 being the psalm proper for 5th November (Guy Fawkes' Day) specified by the Book of Common Prayer, 1662-1859.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 124.

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