Lord, with what zeal (Orlando Gibbons)

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  • CPDL #29675:     
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2013-07-19).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 73 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Original key; note values halved. Alto and Tenor parts are editorial.

General Information

Title: Lord, with what zeal
Composer: Orlando Gibbons
Lyricist: George Wither

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1623 in The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (London)

Description: This text (intended for the feast of St. Stephen, December 26th) and the soprano and bass of this tune were both published in George Wither's The Hymnes and Songs of the Church (London, 1623). The text is the sixty-third song, prescribed to be sung to the tune of the fourth song.

Original text and translations

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Lord, with what zeal did thy first Martyr breathe
Thy blessèd truth, to such as him withstood!
With what stout mind embracèd he his death!
A holy witness sealing with his blood!
The praise is thine, that him so strong didst make,
And blest is he, that dièd for thy sake.

Unquenchèd love in him appear'd to be,
When for his murd'rous foes he did intreat:
A piercing eye made bright by faith had he,
For he beheld thee in thy glory set;
And so unmov'd his patience he did keep,
He died, as if he had but fallen asleep.

Our lukewarm hearts with his hot zeal inflame,
So constant, and so loving, let us be;
So let us living glorify thy name;
So let us dying fix our eyes on thee:
And when the sleep of death shall us o'ertake,
With him to life eternal us awake.