Thy dreadful anger, Lord, restrain (Charles William Hempel)
- 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.
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.
Original text and translations
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.