Sep 04

Thy word is a lantern (Psalm 119:105-108,110-111) – Henry Purcell

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)


Performed by Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal) in Cleveland, Ohio. Horst Buchholz, Choirmaster

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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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Jun 19

My beloved spake (Song of Solomon 2:10-13,16) – Henry Purcell

Capital from the Song of Solomon in Winchester...

Capital from the Song of Solomon in Winchester Cathedral. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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Apr 03

Hear me, O Lord, the great support (Psalm 4:1-8) – Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell, by John Closterman (died 1711)....

Henry Purcell, by John Closterman (died 1711). See source website for additional information. This set of images was gathered by User:Dcoetzee from the National Portrait Gallery, London website using a special tool. All images in this batch have been confirmed as author died before 1939 according to the official death date listed by the NPG. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 4:1-8

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.

Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.

There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

Hear me, O Lord, the great support, Z. 133 (c. 1680-82), composed by Henry Purcell (1659-95)


Performed by La Rêveuse, conducted by Florence Bolton and Benjamin Perrot

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Feb 07

O God Thou hast cast us out (Psalm 60:1-2,11-12) – Henry Purcell

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Psalm 60:1-2,11-12

O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.

Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.

11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.

12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

O God Thou hast cast us out, composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

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SSAATB solo voices, SSAATTB chorus and organ – Level A-B (very easy – easy). Composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Edited by Richard Lyne. Mixed Voices. Church Music Society Publications. Sacred, Choral Leaflet. Vocal score. Duration 4′. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193953505).