Thomas Weelkes (1576–1623): O Lord, arise

Weelkes’ anthem ‘O Lord arise’ ´takes its text from Psalm 132 and verse 22 of the Te Deum. It’s a full anthem, perhaps a little old-fashioned, in seven parts, with the tenor having the only single-voice part. There are quite a few very good recordings of this floating around but of all of these the one I like the most is the one you’ll find below recorded by the Choir of Winchester Cathedral conducted by David Hill. Enjoy :-).

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Text: O Lord, arise

O Lord, arise into thy resting place,
thou and the ark of thy strength.
Save thy people, good Lord,
and bless thine inheritance.
Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness,
and thy saints sing with joyfulness.
Alleluia.

Psalm 132:8-9 and Te Deum v.22

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