Turn thou us, O good Lord (Thomas Tomkins)

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  • (Posted 2022-02-01)  CPDL #67830:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2022-02-01).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 1.02 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third (SAATB), with original note values. Editorial accidentals added, and some light revision of awkward text setting.

General Information

Title: Turn thou us, O good Lord
Composer: Thomas Tomkins
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB, verse SSATBB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1668 in Musica Deo sacra
Description: A verse anthem for five parts, with six soloists, this is a setting of the last collect in the Commination service.

Original text and translations

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Turn thou us, O good Lord, and so shall we be turned.
Be favourable, O Lord, be favourable to thy people, who turn to thee in weeping, fasting, and praying.
For thou art a merciful God, full of compassion, long-suffering, and of great pity.
Thou sparest when we deserve punishment, and in thy wrath thinkest upon mercy.
Spare thy people, good Lord, spare them, and let not thine heritage be brought to confusion.
Hear us, O Lord, for thy mercy is great, and after the multitude of thy mercies look upon us.