Feb 07

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

Portrait of Henry Purcell

Portrait of Henry Purcell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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)


MP3: O God, thou hast cast us out, Z. 36


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).

Jan 31

O God, Thou Art my God (Psalm 63:1-5,8) – Henry Purcell

Portrait of Henry Purcell

Portrait of Henry Purcell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 63:1-5,8

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

O God, Thou Art my God, composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Performed by Cantamus Berlin


MP3: O God, Thou Art My God, Z. 35


Composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Edited by Anthony Lewis and Nigel Fortune. Music Sales America. Baroque, Choral. 12 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV460005. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14023701).


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Aug 23

Rejoice in the Lord alway (Philippians 4:4-7) – Henry Purcell

Portrait of Henry Purcell

Portrait of Henry Purcell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Rejoice in the Lord alway, Z 49, verse anthem composed c. 1682-85 by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Performed by Sidney Sussex College choir, Director David Skinner


“Rejoice in the Lord alway” Z49


The New Church Anthem Book. The definitive collection of 100 anthems, mostly for SATB voices, from Tudor times to the present day, including favourites from each period, and lesser-known pieces. Keyboard reductions are included for unaccompanied music, and organ accompaniments are always practical.


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Oct 27

In guilty night: Saul and the Witch of Endor (1 Samuel 28:8-20) – Henry Purcell


Apparition of the spirit of Samuel to Saul, by...

Apparition of the spirit of Samuel to Saul, by Salvator Rosa, 1668. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1 Samuel 28:8-20

8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.

9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?

10 And Saul sware to her by the Lord, saying, As the Lord liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.

11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.

12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.

13 And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.

14 And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.

English: Saul and the Witch of Endor (1Sam. 28...

English: Saul and the Witch of Endor (1 Sam. 28:7-25)  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

16 Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing theLord is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?

17 And the Lord hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the Lord hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David:

18 Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the Lord, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the Lord done this thing unto thee this day.

19 Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.

20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night.

Purcell’s music text paraphrase:


In guilty night, and hid in false disguise,
Forsaken Saul to Endor comes and cries :
Woman, arise, call powerful arts together,
And raise the ghost, whom I shall name, up hither.
Why should’st thou wish me die? Forbear my son,
Dost thou not know what cruel Saul has done?
How he has killed, has killed and murdered all
That were wise and could on spirits call?
Woman, be bold, do but the thing I wish,
No harm from Saul shall come to thee for this.
Whom shall I raise or call? I’ll make him hear.

Saul and the Witch of Endor

Saul and the Witch of Endor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Old Samuel, let only him appear!
What, what dost thou fear?
Nought else but thee,
For thou art Saul, alas! and hast beguiled me.
Peace, and go on, what seest thou? let me know.
I see the gods ascending from below.
Who’s he that comes?

Saul and the Witch of Endor

Saul and the Witch of Endor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An old man mantled o’er.
Oh! that is he, let me that ghost adore.
Why hast thou robbed me of my rest to see
That which I hate? this wicked world and thee?
Oh! I’m sore distressed, vexed sore;
God has left me and answers me no more;
Distressed with war, with inward terrors too,
For pity’s sake tell me, what shall I do?
Art thou forlorn of God and com’st to me?
What can I tell thee then but misery?
This kingdom’s gone into thy neighbour’s race,
Thine host shall fall by sword before thy face.
Tomorrow then, till then farewell and breathe:
Thou and thy son tomorrow shall be with me beneath.
Farewell, oh! farewell.

In guilty night: Saul and the witch of Endor, Z134 (published in 1693), composed by Henry Purcell (1659-1695).

Additional scripture reminder to readers about witches, if there is a greater fascination about witchcraft at this time of year, so close to Halloween:

10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; … — Deut. 18:10-12a (New International Version)

See also: Wikipedia on the Witch of Endor.

Performed by Susan Gritton, soprano; Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor; Michael George, bass
The King’s Consort, Robert King


MP3: In Guilty Night / Henry Purcell / William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Claire Debono, Paul Agnew, Konstantin Wolff, Elizabeth Kenny, Anne-Marie Lasla / Warner Classics, Erato


In Guilty Night (from Saul). By Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Published by Edition Walhall


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