Listen, O Lord, unto my prostrate prayer (Giovanni Croce)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2020-10-03).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 441 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. This edition is offered at original pitch for SSATTB or transposed down a fourth for SAATTB

General Information

Title: Listen, O Lord, unto my prostrate prayer
Composer: Giovanni Croce
Lyricist: Psalm 143

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicings: SSATTB or SAATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1608 in Musica Sacra to Six Voices, no. 7
Description: A contrafact of Croce's Audi, o Domine, vocem (Psalm 142). Croce's Sette sonetti penitentiali were first published in 1596. They arrived in England a decade later as "Musica Sacra: to Six Voyces. Composed in the Italian tongue by GIOVANNI CROCE. Newly Englished. In London Printed by Thomas Este, the assigne of William Barley. 1608."

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Original text and translations

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Listen O Lord unto my prostrate prayer,
Nor into judgement with thy servant enter:
For who is just? The foul infernal tempter
Pursues my soul with terrors of despair.
My heart's all inly vexed, yet I applied me
To weigh thy works, thy wonders I observed,
But to thy mercy the chief place reserved;
Then shew my sin, and in thy service guide me.
Succour me Lord, save me with expedition;
My spirit fainteth: therefore mine affection,
My mind, my soul, I lift (with all submission)
To thee my Lord, my God, and my protection:
Draw me from danger, under thy tuition,
For I thy servant am by thine election.

Psalm 143, paraphrased in sonnet by Francesco Bembo, english'd by R.H.