Jul 10

Derelinquit impius [Let the wicked forsake his way] (Isaiah 55:7) – Thomas Tallis

Russian icon of the Prophet Isaiah, 18th century (iconostasis of Transfiguration Church, Kizhi monastery, Karelia, Russia)

Russian icon of the Prophet Isaiah, 18th century

Isaiah 55:7 [Written and sung in Latin]

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.


Derelinquit impius, no. 13, from Cantiones quae ab argumento sacrae vocantur (1575) – by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

Performed by Alamire

 

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Jul 03

Penitential Psalm No. 5: Domine exaudi orationem meam, et clamor (Psalm 102:1-28) – Orlandus Lassus

Orlande de Lassus

Orlande de Lassus (1532, possibly 1530 – 14 June 1594)

Psalm 102:1-28 [written and sung in Latin]

1 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee.

Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.

My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.

I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.

I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.

Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.

For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

10 Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.

11 My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

12 But thou, O Lord, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.

13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.

15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

16 When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord.

19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth;

20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

21 To declare the name of the Lord in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;

22 When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the Lord.

23 He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.

25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:

27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

28 The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.


Penitential Psalm No. 5: Domine exaudi orationem meam, et clamor (first published in 1584), by Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)

Performed by Choir of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford Directed by Simon Preston

 

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Feb 13

Turn! Turn! Turn! (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) – Pete Seeger

 

The Byrds in 1965. From left to right: David Crosby, Gene Clark, Michael Clarke, Chris Hillman, and Jim McGuinn.

The Byrds in 1965. From left to right: David Crosby, Gene Clark, Michael Clarke, Chris Hillman, and Jim McGuinn.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

[The only lyrics in the song not straight from scripture is “turn” and the last line: “A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late”]


Turn! Turn! Turn! written by Pete Seeger (1919-2014) in 1959 and covered by The Byrds in 1965

Performed by The Byrds

 

Feb 13

O Lord, in thy wrath (Psalm 38:1) – Orlando Gibbons

 

Orlando Gibbons - Portrait by an unknown artist

Orlando Gibbons 

Psalm 38:1 [English]

1 O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am weak:
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are vexed.
My soul is also sore troubled:
but, Lord, how long wilt thou punish me?
O save me, for thy mercy’s sake.


O Lord, in thy wrath, composed by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

Performed by The Merbecke Choir

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