Oh thou Lord, thou God of might (Orlando Gibbons)

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  • (Posted 2013-07-19)  CPDL #29674:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2013-07-19).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 65 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Arranged by Ross Jallo. Original key; note values halved. Alto and tenor parts are editorial.

General Information

Title: Oh thou Lord, thou God of might
Composer: Orlando Gibbons
Lyricist: George Wither

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1623 in The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (George Wither), no. 13a
Description: This text (a paraphrase of Revelation 15:3-4) and the soprano and bass of this tune were both published in George Wither's The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (London, 1623). The text is the thirty-sixth song, prescribed to be sung to the tune of the thirteenth song.

Original text and translations

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Oh thou Lord, thou God of might,
Who does all things work aright,
Whatsoe'er is done by thee,
Great and wondrous proves to be.

True thy ways are, and direct,
Holy King of Saints elect.
And, oh, therefore, who is there,
That of thee retains no fear?

Who is there that shall deny
Thy great Name to glorify?
For thou, Lord, and thou alone,
Art the perfect Holy One.

In thy presence nations all
Shall to adoration fall;
For thy judgments now appear
Unto all men what they are.