Maurice Greene
(1696 - 1755)

Greene : How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord : illustration

How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord
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Greene held the post of Composer to the Chapel Royal, for which this setting was presumably written.
Lyrics: Psalm 13

How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever: how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
How long shall I seek counsel in my soul, and be so vexed in my heart: how long shall mine enemies triumph over me?
Consider, and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, that I sleep not in death.
Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him: for if I be cast down, they that trouble me will rejoice at it.
But my trust is in thy mercy: and my heart is joyful in thy salvation.
I will sing of the Lord, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me: yea, I will praise the Name of the Lord most Highest.