Turn us, O Lord, thy face display (James Nares)

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  • (Posted 2016-02-06)  CPDL #38454:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-02-06).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 107 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Clefs modernised. Source may be found at IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Turn us, O Lord, thy face display
Composer: James Nares
Lyricist: James Merrick

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1788
Description: The text is baesed upon the metrical paraphrase of Psalm 80:7,15-19 by James Merrick. In bar 74, the source substitutes victory for liberty.

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Original text and translations

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Turn us, O Lord, thy face display,
And grief and fear shall fly away.
Beneath the terrors of thine eye,
We tremble, Lord, we faint, we die.
O let the man ordain'd by Thee
to bring us peace and liberty,
by Thee, great God, supported stand,
and save, O save a sinking land.
So ne'er shall vice our steps betray,
again from virtue's paths to stray,
but pray'r and praise thy love repay.