Bow thine ear, O Lord (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2016-09-29)   CPDL #41281:     
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2016-09-29).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 145 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key (ATTBB) and note values; editorial slurs and accidentals added.
  • (Posted 2016-10-13)   CPDL #41425:     
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2016-10-13).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 149 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third (SATTB), with original note values; editorial slurs and accidentals added.
  • (Posted 2016-08-04)   CPDL #40492:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Hans de Vries (submitted 2016-07-21).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 101 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key; note values halved. Text slightly different from 05030. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #05030:        (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Steve Jones (submitted 2003-05-12).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a whole step; note values halved. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Bow thine ear, O Lord
Composer: William Byrd
Text: Isaiah 64:9-10 (adapted)

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SATTB or ATTBB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1768 in Cathedral Music, Volume 2, p. 29

Description: An anthem derived from Byrd's motet Civitas sancti tui

External websites: Performance (transposed up) by the Cambridge Singers, dir. John Rutter

Original text and translations

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Bow thine ear, O Lord, and hear us:
Let thine anger cease from us.
Sion is wasted and brought low,
Jerusalem desolate and void.