Since God so tender a regard, Z 143 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2017-07-24)  CPDL #45602:     
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2017-07-24).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 122 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Edited from British Library Add. MS 30930, f. 24v-26r. Contains an editorial realization of the continuo part.

General Information

Title: Since God so tender a regard, Z 143
Composer: Henry Purcell
Text: Psalm 116:1–8, 13–14, paraphrased by John Patrick

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published:
Description: An anthem for three men's voices over a ground bass.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Since God so tender a regard
To all my poor requests did give,
My best affections he shall have,
And best devotions whilst I live.

Assail'd with grief and pain, that seem'd
The sad forerunners of the grave,
To thee I made my request, O Lord:
My life from threat'ning dangers save.

Nor did I cry to God in vain,
Nor did his mercy come too late,
But when my skill was at a loss,
His kindness rais'd my low estate.

God and thyself, my soul, enjoy
In quiet rest, freed from all fears,
Who sav'd thy life, upheld thy steps,
And dried up all thy falling tears.

The solemn payment of the vows
I made to God shall be my care,
Who sav'd me from approaching death,
And show'd my life to him was dear.

By all engagements, Lord, I'm thine,
Thy servant whom thou hast set free;
The very bonds which thou hast loos'd
Shall tie me faster unto thee.