Lord, what is man (Henry Purcell)
- Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2016-01-08). Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 539 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Original key. For Soprano or Tenor. Realized keyboard part. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Original text and translations
Lord, what is man, lost man,
That Thou shouldst be so mindful of him?
That the Son of God forsook his glory, His abode.
To become a poor, tormented man!
The Deity was shrunk into a span,
And that for me, O wondrous love, for me.
Reveal ye glorious spirits, when you knew the way the Son of God took to renew lost man,
Your vacant places to supply;
Blest spirits tell which did excel, which was more prevalent,
your joy or your astonishment.
That man should be assum'd into the Deity,
That for a worm, a God should die.
Oh! oh! for a quill, drawn from your wing
To write the praises of eternal love;
Oh! oh! for a voice like yours, to sing
That anthem here, which once you sung above.