O Lord God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance (William Child)

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General Information

Title: O Lord God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance
Composer: William Child
Source of text: Psalm 79

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description:  "A full anthem in 5 parts compos'd in the year 1644 on the occasion of the abolishing the Common Prayer and overthrowing the constitution, both in church and state." One of Child's numerous settings commenting upon the contemporary political events of the English civil war from a Laudian perspective.

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Original text and translations

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1  O Lord God, the heathen come into thine inheritance: thy holy temple have they defiled, and made Jerusalem an heap of stones.
4  We are become an open shame to our enemies: a very scorn and derision unto them that are round about us.
5  Lord, how long wilt thou be angry: shall thy jealousy burn like fire for ever?
8a  O remember not, our old sins, but have mercy upon us;
For thou art the Lord our God, and thou, O Lord, will we praise for evermore.