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Laetatus sum

I did in heart rejoyce

Author: William Kethe
Tune: O SEIGNEUR
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 I did in heart rejoice
to hear the people's voice
In offering so willingly:
For let us up, say they,
And in the Lord's house pray:
Thus spake the folk with amity.

2 Our feet that wandered wide
Shall in thy gates abide,
O thou Jerusalem full fair;
Which art so seemly set
Much like a city neat,
Whither the people do repair.

3 The tribes with one accord,
to give thanks to the Lord,
Are thither bent their way to take:
So God before did tell
That there his Israel
Their prayers should together make.

4 For there are thrones erect,
and that for this respect,
To set forth justice orderly:
Which thrones' right to maintain,
To David's house pertain,
his folk to judge with equity.

5 To pray let us not cease
for Jerusalem's peace:
Thy friends God keep in amity;
Peace be thy walls about,
And prosper thee throughout
thy palaces continually.

6 For my friends sake will I
wish that prosperity
May evermore abide in thee:
God's house doth me allure
Thy wealth for to procure
as much as always lies in me.

Source: The whole book of Psalms: collected into English metre #CXXII

Author: William Kethe

Kethe, William, is said by Thomas Warton in his History of English Poetry, and by John Strype in his Annals of the Reformation, to have been a Scotsman. Where he was born, or whether he held any preferment in England in the time of Edward VI., we have been unable to discover. In the Brieff discours off the troubles begonne at Franckford, 1575, he is mentioned as in exile at Frankfurt in 1555, at Geneva in 1557; as being sent on a mission to the exiles in Basel, Strassburg, &c, in 1558; and as returning with their answers to Geneva in 1559. Whether he was one of those left behind in 1559 to "finishe the bible, and the psalmes bothe in meeter and prose," does not appear. The Discours further mentions him as being with the Earl of Warwick and… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I did in heart rejoyce
Title: Laetatus sum
Author: William Kethe
Language: English

Tune

O SEIGNEUR

GENEVAN 3 is the first of some fourteen tunes in the Psalter Hymnal credited to Louis Bourgeois (b. Paris, France, c. 1510; d. Paris, 1561), who was the primary musical editor of the Genevan Psalter. In both his early and later years Bourgeois wrote French songs to entertain the rich, but in the his…

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