1604 inscription with Psalm 41. Chubb's Almshouses, Crewkerne, United Kingdom
1604 inscription with Psalm 41. Chubb’s Almshouses, Crewkerne, United Kingdom

Psalm 41:1-3

1 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.

The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.


Blessed is he that considereth the poor (c. 1688) from Harmonia Sacra, no. 1, composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Blessed is he that considereth the poor

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Henry Purcell
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Psalm 54:1-7

Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.

Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.

For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

 

I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O Lord; for it is good.

For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.


Save meO God Z. 51, (c. 1680) composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

“Save me, O God” by Henry Purcell, sung by Quire Cleveland, dir. Ross W. Duffin

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Portrait of Henry Purcell
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Psalm 119:105-108,110-111

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.

107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.

108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.

110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.

111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.


Thy word is a lantern, Z. 61, composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Purcell, Thy Word is a Lantern

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Composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Edited by Watkins Shaw. Music Sales America. Classical, Choral. 12 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV290148. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14033628).

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Capital from the Song of Solomon in Winchester...
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Song of Solomon 2:10-13,16

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.


My beloved spake, Z.28, composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)


Performed by The English Concert · Trevor Pinnock · Simon Preston · Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

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Composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Edited by Edward J. Dent. Music Sales America. Baroque, Choral. 24 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV290447. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14022476).

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