Turn thou us, O good Lord a4 (Thomas Tomkins)
- Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2016-06-08). Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 183 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Original key and note values; editorial slurs and accidentals added.
Title: Turn thou us, O good Lord
Composer: Thomas Tomkins
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: ATBB
Genre: Sacred, Anthem, Canon
Instruments: a cappella or Organ
First published: 1668 in Musica Deo sacra, no. 4.31
Description: This four-part canon (of impressive counterpoint, though at times awkward text-setting) is a setting of the last collect in the Commination service.
Original text and translations
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.