Richard Dering
(c.1580 - 1630)

Paratum cor meum
(S.S.A.T.T.B. + reduction)
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From Dering's Cantica Sacra, Antwerp, 1618. The composer provided a continuo part, following the bass. This has been omitted in favour of the reduction (for rehearsal purposes).
Lyrics: Psalm 108, v.1-4

Paratum cor meum, Deus, paratum cor meum; cantabo, et psallam in gloria mea.
Exsurge, gloria mea; exsurge, psalterium et cithara; exsurgam diluculo.
Confitebor tibi in populis, Domine: psallam tibi in nationibus
quia magna est super cælos misericordia tua, et usque ad nubes veritas tua.

O God, my heart is ready, my heart is ready: I will sing and give praise with the best member that I have.
Awake, thou lute, and harp: I myself will awake right early.
I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
For thy mercy is greater than the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.