Blest who with gen'rous pity glows (James Nares)

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  • (Posted 2016-02-07)   CPDL #38480:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-02-07).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 114 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Clefs modernised. Source may be found at IMSLP. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: Blest who with gen'rous pity glows
Composer: James Nares
Lyricist: James Merrick

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1788

Description: Lyrics are loosely based on James Merrick's paraphrase of Psalm 41:1-3,12.

External websites: IMSLP - Nares

Original text and translations

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Blest who with gen'rous pity glows,
Who feels another's wants and woes.

In ev'ry want, in ev'ry woe,
Thy pity, Lord, himself shall know.

Thy love his precious life shall guard,
Thy justice give a sure reward.

Tho' languid with disease and pain,
Thou Lord, his spirit wilt sustain;

Thy love on him and on his line
shall with distinguish'd lustre shine.