Capel Bond
(1730 - 1790)

O Lord our Governor
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Bond was one of the pillars of mid-eighteenth century musical life in Coventry (as organist of the church that was to become the Cathedral) and Birmingham. His "Six Anthems in score", 1769 were sufficiently popular to run to six editions. They were written for parishes with organ, (the bass line is also figured) but the composer's directions imply that they could also be performed unaccompanied.
Lyrics: Psalm 8, v.1, 4-9

O Lord our Governor, how excellent is thy Name in all the world: thou that hast set thy glory above the heavens!
Lord, what is man, that thou art mindful of him: and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Thou mak'st him to have dominion of the works of thy hands: and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet;
All sheep and oxen: yea, and the beasts of the field;
The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea: and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the sea.
O Lord our Governor: how excellent is thy Name in all the world!