O Lord, let me know mine end (Thomas Tomkins)

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  • (Posted 2015-05-28)   CPDL #35591:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2015-05-28).   Score information: Letter, 14 pages, 266 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key and note values. Editorial accidentals added, and spelling modernized.

General Information

Title: O Lord, let me know mine end
Composer: Thomas Tomkins
Text: Psalm 39:5-8 (BCP)

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: STTBB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1668 in Musica Deo sacra, no. 16

Description: This verse anthem for solo tenor is a setting of Psalm 39:5-8.

External websites: Performance by Red Byrd and the Rose Consort of Viols

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 39.

English.png English text

O Lord, let me know mine end, and the number of my days,
that I may be certified how long I have to live.
Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span long,
and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee,
and verily, every man living is altogether vanity.
For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain.
He heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what is my hope?
Truly my hope is even in thee.