I call and cry to thee, O Lord (Thomas Tallis)

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  • CPDL #29766:   
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2013-08-04).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 589 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a major 3rd from original written pitch, for SAATB
  • CPDL #18117:     
Editor: Michael Gibson (submitted 2008-09-29).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 240 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a tone to suit mixed voice choirs.

General Information

Title: I call and cry to thee, O Lord
Composer: Thomas Tallis

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBarB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ or a cappella

Published: pre 1650

Description: A pre 1650 English text set to the music of the Latin Motet O sacrum convivium, although it is likely that this anthem predates the Latin setting.

The work also appears in Cathedral Music, Volume 2 (William Boyce).

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

I call and cry to thee, O Lord. Give ear unto my plaint.
Bow down thine eyes and mark my heavy plight,
and how my soul doth faint.
For I have many ways offended thee.
Forget my wickedness, O Lord, I beseech thee.