William Child
(1606 - 1697)

Child : O Lord, grant the King [Queen] a long life : illustration

O Lord, grant the King [Queen] a long life
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Probably composed for the coronation of Charles II. Recorded as used at the coronation of George II (1727). The text was also more generally used to celebrate the anniversary of the sovereign's accession (from 1662 onwards).
Lyrics: Book of Common Prayer 1662

O Lord, grant the King [Queen] a long life, that his [her] years may endure throughout all generations. He [She] shall dwell before God for ever. O prepare thy loving mercy and faithfulness that they may preserve him [her]. As for his [her] enemies, clothe them with shame, but upon himself [herself], let his [her] crown flourish. Hallelujah.