Thomas Weelkes
(1576 - 1623)

O Lord, grant the King [Queen] a long life
(S.S.A.T.T.B.)
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The text was introduced under James I as part of a liturgy (not formalised in the Book of Common Prayer) used to mark the anniversary of the sovereign's accession. It was recognised more formally, after the restoration, in the Book of Common Prayer, 1662. More specifically, the text was used for a coronation anthem, 1660 - 1727.

The current edition follows the six-part version recorded by Tudway, which does not include a seventh (second bass) part recorded in Barnard, starting at bar 30 (in this edition).
Lyrics: Book of Common Prayer 1662 (adapted)

O Lord, grant the King [Queen] a long life, that his [her] years may endure throughout all generations. He [She] shall dwell before God for ever. O prepare thy loving mercy and faithfulness that they may preserve him [her]. So shall we always sing and praise thy name. Amen.