John Sheppard (±1515-1558): Haste Thee O God (attr.)

Compared to that other Tudor-era composers Sheppard’s music is still relatively little known and infrequently performed which is perhaps why this recording of Haste the, O God, a setting of Psalm 70 generally attributed to Sheppard is the first ever recording of it. It’s also been attributed to Tye but it sounds more like Sheppard than Tye to me it’s not as academic as much of Tye’s music being very energetically written and quite appealing even though its counterpoint is a bit unpolished. Have a listen and make up your own minds. And as always, enjoy :-).

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John Sheppard (±1515-1558): Haste Thee O God

Haste thee, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord,
let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul.
Let them be turned backward and put to confusion that wish me evil.
Let them for their reward be soon brought to shame that cry over me, "There, there!"
But let all those that seek thee be joyful and glad in thee,
and let all such as delight in thy salvation say alway "The Lord be praised".
As for me, I am poor and in misery; haste thee unto me,
O God. Thou art my helper and redeemer;
O Lord, make no long tarrying. Amen

Psalm 70 

Performers: Stile Antico

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