Thy word is a lantern, Z 61 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2014-11-15)  CPDL #33380:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2014-11-15).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 140 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: reformatting of #18366, with minor corrections and changes to the underlay, to conform to the Book of Common Prayer.
  • (Posted 2008-11-29)  CPDL #18366:     
Editor: Diana Thompson (submitted 2008-11-29).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 106 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Text incorrectly stated as from Psalm 99; bar 9, bass, "they" should be "Thy".

General Information

Title: Thy word is a lantern
Composer: Henry Purcell
Source of text: Psalm 119:105-108,110-111 (BCP)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATB(SATB)
Verse: Countertenor, Tenor and Bass
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1773 in Cathedral Music, Volume 3, p. 275

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 119.