Oct 22

Save me, O God (Psalm 54:1-4,6-7) – Henry Purcell

 

Henry Purcell

Henry Purcell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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)


Performed by Quire Cleveland, directed by Ross Duffin

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Jul 31

Cry aloud and spare not (Isaiah 55:1; 58:1-3) – John Blow

John Blow

John Blow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 55:1; 58:1-3

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.


Cry aloud and spare not,1683 verse anthem composed by John Blow (1649-1708)


Performed by The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge · Academy of St. Martin in the Fields · Sir David Willcocks

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Jun 05

O Lord, Thou art my God (Is. 25:1,25:4a, Ps. 33:21-22, Is. 25:8, 1 Cor. 15:53b, 1 Cor. 15:34a, 1 Cor.15:52a, Is.25:9) – Samuel Sebastian Wesley

English: Samuel Sebastian Wesley

English: Samuel Sebastian Wesley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 25:1,25:4a, Psalm 33:21-22,Isaiah 25:8, 1 Corinthians 15:53b, 1 Corinthians 15:34a, 1 Corinthans 15:52a, Isaiah 25:9

O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.

22 Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.


O Lord, Thou art my God (first performed in 1839) composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)


Performed by The Choir of Chichester Cathedral / Thurlow

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Mar 06

The Ways of Zion Do Mourn (Lamentations 1:1,1:4; 2:10; 2 Samuel 1:19; Job 29:11,12,14; Philippians 4:8; Psalm 103:17; 112:6; Daniel 12:3) – George F. Handel

Portrait of Georg Friedrich Händel Deutsch: Ge...

Portrait of Georg Friedrich Händel Deutsch: Georg Friedrich Händel (1733) Español: Georg Friedrich Händel en 1733 Français : Georg Friedrich Haendel en 1733 Nederlands: Georg Friedrich Händel Polski: G. F. Händel w 1733 roku Русский: Георг Фридрих Гендель (1733) Svenska: Georg Friedrich Händel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lamentations 1:1,1:4; 2:10
2 Samuel 1:19
Job 29:11,12,14
Philippians 4:8
Psalm 103:17; 112:6; 
Daniel 12:3

How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!

The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness.

10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.

19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

The Ways of Zion Do Mourn / Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline, composed in 1737 by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


Performed by Monteverdi Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner

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Choral (SATB). Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Edited by Watkins Shaw. Music Sales America. Baroque, Choral. 112 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV070435. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14035615).

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