My soul oppressed with care (William Byrd)
- Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-11-09). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 108 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Revised March 2008.
Title: My soul oppressed with care
Composer: William Byrd
Original text and translations
My soule opprest with care and griefe,
doth cleave unto the dust:
O quicken mee after thy woord,
for therein doe I trust.
My waies unto thee have I shew’d,
thou answerest mee againe:
Teach mee thy law and so I shall,
bee eased of my paine.
The way of thy commandments Lord,
make mee to understand:
And I will muse uppon the power
And wonders of thy hand.
My heart doth melt and pine away,
for verie paine and griefe:
O, raise mee up, after thy word
And send mee some reliefe.
All falsehood, and false waies O Lord,
doe thou from mee remove:
And graunt mee grace to know thy law
And onely that to love.
The way of truth I choose to tread,
to keepe my life in awe:
And see before me as a marke,
Thy sacred woord and law.'n
I cleave, O Lord, unto all things,
witnessed by thy speech:
Whereof that I repent mee not
I humbly thee beseech.
When that my heart thou shalt enlarge,
to seeke and run the waies:
Of thy precepts, I will not faile,
the length of all my daies.
Metrical version of Psalm 119: 25-32