Psalm 51

1. Sonata

2. Chorus – S T B
Have mercy upon me, O God,
after thy great goodness;
according to the multitude of thy mercies,
do away mine offences.

3. Duet – S T
Wash me throughly from my wickedness
and cleanse me from my sin.
4. Recitative – T
For I acknowledge my faults,
and my sin is ever before me.
5. Aria – T
Against thee only have I sinned,
and done this evil in thy sight,
that thou mightest be justified in thy saying,
and clear’d when thou art judged.
6. Chorus – S T B
Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness,
that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
7. Aria – S
Make me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence,
and take not thy holy spirit from me.
O give me the comfort of thy help again,
and stablish me with thy free spirit.
8. Chorus – S T B
Then shall I teach thy ways unto the wicked,
and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

G.F. Handel: “Have Mercy upon me, O God,” H. 238 (Chandos Anthem 3)


Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, works as a paving contractor, and is an occasional blogger.


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