Purcell seems to have composed the verse anthem 'O consider my adversity (Z32)' relatively late in his career. It takes its text from eight verses of Psalm 119 setting them mostly for solo trio. It's a surprisingly large-scale work that Purcell starts by having each voice sing the opening phrase over a descending continuo line and using a dropping interval at 'consider' to create an appropriately imploring mood. The trio's voices move closer together at 'For I do not forget thy law' which creates a bell-like set of suspensions between the two tenors. This mood is changed by the bass' calling upon God to 'Avenge thou my cause' which call rises through the voices and leads to a triple-time section in which the psalmist calls on God to 'quicken me according to thy word'. Health, the second tenor informs us, 'is far from the ungodly' (if you listen closely while pondering this you can hear how Purceell uses elements of the opening continuo to underly this part of the anthem) the mood here is pitying rather than angry and is followed by a far more lively trio starting at 'Great is thy mercy, O Lord' the trio call up God to quicken them both homphonically and in in imitation before the choir interject asserting that God's mercy is great and repeating the plea that God inspire and animate them.