Giovanni Croce
(c.1557 - 1609)

Croce : Lord, in thy wrath reprove me not severely : illustration

Lord, in thy wrath reprove me not severely
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Croce's Sette sonetti penitentiali were first published in 1597. They arrived in England a decade later as "Musica Sacra: to Six Voyces. Composed in the Italian tongue by GIOVANNI CROCE. Newly Englished. In London Printed by Thomas Este, the assigne of William Barley. 1608."
Lyrics: Psalm 6, paraphrased in sonnet by Francesco Bembo, english'd by R.H.

Lord, in thy wrath reprove me not severely,
Nor punish me in thy deserv'd displeasure:
Have mercy on my sins exceeding measure,
For full of fears, my soul is vexed drearly.
Save it (O Lord) Almighty - most supernal,
Save it (alas) from th'ever-never dying:
For who in deep hell (and fierce torments frying)
Shall sing thy praise, or can extoll th'eternal?
Long have I languish'd in my grievous sorrows,
My bed and bosom with my tears I water;
My foes' despite hath ploughed my face with furrows.
But (now my soul) let the ungodly scatter:
Hence ye wicked, sith God (so gracious for us)
Hath heard my moan, and doth regard my matter.