William Byrd
(c.1540 - 1623)

Byrd : O Lord, make thy servant : illustration

O Lord, make thy servant
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A setting of a prayer for the sovereign, which was customized for each monarch until Queen Anne, and perhaps beyond.
Lyrics: Anon

O Lord, make thy servant, (Elizabeth our Queen/our sov'reign lord, the King), to rejoice in thy strength. Give (her her/him his) heart's desire, and deny not the request of (her/his) lips: but prevent (her/him) with thine everlasting blessing, and give (her/him) a long life ev'n for ever and ever. Amen.