O come in one (Thomas Tallis)

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  • (Posted 2021-04-25)  CPDL #64204:     
Editor: Charles Gurnham (submitted 2021-04-25).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 53 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original spelling.
  • (Posted 2015-10-17)  CPDL #37237:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-10-17).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. A few minor edits, otherwise as written in 1567. Archaic words explained on sheet music. Three more pairs of stanzas added from Parker's paraphrase.
  • (Posted 2015-10-16)  CPDL #37236:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-10-16).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Three more pairs of stanzas added from Parker's paraphrase.
  • (Posted 2005-10-10)  CPDL #09936:        (Finale 2005)
Editor: Tim Blickhan (submitted 2005-10-10).   Score information: Octavo, 1 page, 115 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: O come in one
Composer: Thomas Tallis
Lyricist: Matthew Parker

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.) (actually 44. 44. 44. 44.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1567 in The whole Psalter translated (1567)
Description: Words by Matthew Parker. 1567, paraphrase of Psalm 95, in eleven stanzas. Tallis used the first two stanzas in his composition.

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Original text and translations

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1. O come in one

And Him recount

All hearty joys

To this strong rock,

2. His face with praise

His facts in sight

Join me, I say,

Our psalms and hymns

3. For why? This Lord

For help at need

A puissant King

He passeth all Gods

4. All coasts of earth

His cells and grounds,

As fast by Him

And stoop to Him,

5. The sea is His:

Her rise and fall,

The land from her

Whom God so stayed

6. O then come we,

And prostrate lie

He made us all,

Both king and slave


Let us sing to the Lord,
To praise the Lord,
For the stay of our wealth
Our stay and wealth:
Let us duly record
Let us record:
To the Lord of our health,
Our Lord of health.

Let us rise to prevent:
Let us prevent:
To the world to denounce.
Let us denounce.
In our joyful assent:
In glad assent:
Let us early pronounce.
Let us pronounce.

Is a God of a might,
Is God of might,
Upon whom we may call:
Whom we may call:
In His radiant light:
In His bright light,
By His rule over all.
By ruling all.

In His power do lie:
By Him do lie:
Be they never so deep:
Though they be deep:
Be the mountains on high,
Stand mountains high,
Be they never so steep.
Though they be steep.

As the work of His hands,
The work of hands,
With her mutable road,
With all her road:
By authority stands
By power stands,
For His stable abode.
For His abode.

Let us humbly adore,
Let us adore,
Be we down on our knees:
On both our knees:
Both the rich and the poor,
Both rich and poor,
In their private degrees.
In their degrees.



7. For God He is

His people we

His flock of hand,

His voice today

8. Beware, say I,

Against His grace

As desert saw,

Like tempting day

9. In which pastime,

Did tempt my strength

They proved but me

Where yet my works

10. Full forty years,

Great griefs by them

I laid even thus

They err in part

11. To whom I sware

By their soul strays

If they so will

Then blame have I


As our Lord and our stay,
Our Lord and stay,
In His pasture to rest:
In pasture near:
For He leads us in way,
Who leads our way,
If we hear at the least.
If well we hear.

That ye hard not your hearts,
Ye hard no hearts,
When He bid you repent,
To you so meant:
In a strife over-whart,
Once strife o'er-whart,
Of an elusive intent.
Of mad intent.

As your fathers afore,
Your fathers old,
To assay what I could,
To prove my might,
In a mock and a scorn,
In scorn so bold,
Might they see if they would.
They saw in sight.

Did I chide with this age,
I blamed this age,
Did I suffer in mind:
I felt by this:
When I spied how they raged,
To spy their rage,
In my ways be they blind.
My ways they miss.

In my angry reproach,
All wrathfully,
Was I forced thereunto:
Thus forced thereto:
To my rest shall approach,
My rest should see,
If it ever be so.
If it be so.