James II and his Queen Mary of Modena were crowned in Westminster Abbey on 23 April 1685, St George’s Day. Blow’s four-part (SATB) setting of the coronation anthem Let thy hand be strengthened would have been sung by the scholars of Westminster School to greet the arrival of the Queen after the Vivats. It’s sung below by the Western Illinois University Singers conducted by Dr. James Stegall at concert given at Wesley Methodist Church, Macomb, on March 19th 2013 as part of a Restoration Cathedral Music symposium. Enjoy :-)
Video Source: Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened – John Blow – YouTube Published on 5 Apr 2013 by mus3962011
Text: Let thy hand be strengthened
Let thy hand be strengthened and thy right hand
be exalted. Let justice and judgment be the
preparation of thy seta, let mercy and truth go
before thy face. Hallelujah.
Score available from here: Let thy hand be strengthened (John Blow) – ChoralWiki