Mine eyes with fervency (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2004-05-12)  CPDL #07006:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-05-12).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 92 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised March 2008.

General Information

Title: Mine eyes with fervency
Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1588 in Psalmes, Sonnets and Songs, no. 2

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Original text and translations

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Mine eyes with fervencie of sprite
I doe lift up on hie:
To thee O Lord that dwellst in light
which no man may come nie.

Beehold even as the servants eyes,
Upon their master waite:
And as the maide her mistris hand,
with carefull eye and straite,

Attends: So wee O Lord our God,
thy throne with hope and griefe
Beehold, untill thou mercie send,
And give us some reliefe.

O Lord though wee deserve it not,
yet mercie let us finde:
A people that despised are,
throwne downe in soule and minde,

The mightie proud men of the world,
that seekes us to oppresse:
have fild our soules with all contempts,
and left us in distresse.

(An anonymous metrical version of Psalm 123)