Thy dreadful anger, Lord, restrain (Charles William Hempel)

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  • (Posted 2011-12-23)  CPDL #25214:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2011-12-23).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 40 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The source has the fully written-out keyboard accompaniment given here: the title page of Hempel's A Morning and an Evening Service describes the work as 'in Score, with a Separate Accompaniment for the Organ or Piano Forte'. The D in the right hand part of the keyboard accompaniment on beat 1 of bar 2 is printed as the E flat a semitone higher in the source, and has here been emended to accord with the tenor part. Verse 1 only of the text is underlaid in the source, where the text of verses 2-4 is given in full after the music of this setting: these have been underlaid editorially.

General Information

Title: Thy dreadful anger, Lord, restrain
Composer: Charles William Hempel
Lyricists: Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady (from A new version of the psalms of David)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1821 in A Morning and an Evening Service, p. 36
Description: A setting of Psalm 6 in the metrical New Version by Charles William Hempel. Original clefs of the voice parts are treble, alto, tenor, and bass.

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Original text and translations

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Thy dreadful anger, Lord, restrain,
And spare a wretch forlorn:
Correct me not in thy fierce wrath,
Too heavy to be borne.

Have mercy, Lord, for I grow faint,
Unable to endure
The anguish of my aching bones,
Which thou alone canst cure.

My tortur'd flesh distracts my mind,
And fills my soul with grief:
But, Lord, how long wilt thou delay
To grant me thy relief?

Thy wonted goodness, Lord, repeat,
And ease my troubled soul:
Lord, for thy wondrous mercy's sake
Vouchsafe to make me whole.