O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2021-03-22)  CPDL #63627:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-03-22).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 235 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicings: SAATTB or ATTBBB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 57
Description:  Setting of a prayer for the sovereign, used until the reign of Anne, or perhaps later.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth our Queen to rejoice in thy strength:
give her her heart's desire, and deny not the request of her lips;
but prevent her with thine everlasting blessing,
and give her a long life, even for ever and ever. Amen.
N.B. for male monarchs (James I - James II) "Elizabeth our Queen" was replaced by "Our sov'reign lord the King" (and "her" by "his"/"him")

German.png German translation

O Herr, lass deine Dienerin Elisabeth, unsere Königin, sich deiner Stärke erfreuen. Gib ihr, was ihr Herz begehrt, und versage ihr nicht den Wunsch auf ihren Lippen, sondern komme ihr zuvor mit deinem ewigwährenden Segen, und gib ihr ein langes Leben, sogar ein ewiges. Amen.