John Blow
(1649 - 1708)

Blow : O God, wherefore art thou absent : illustration

O God, wherefore art thou absent
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Blow wrote fourteen services and over one hundred anthems, of which all but a few remained unpublished at his death. This anthem was published by Boyce in his Cathedral Music.
Lyrics: Psalm 74, v. 1-3

O God, wherefore art thou absent from us so long: why is thy wrath so hot against the sheep of thy pasture?
O think upon thy congregation: whom thou hast purchased and redeemed of old.
Think upon the tribe of thine inheritance: and Mount Sion, wherein thou hast dwelt.