Melchior Vulpius
(c.1570 - 1615)

Levavi oculos meos
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From Cantionum sacrarum (part one), Jena, 1602. This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavette) for S.S.A.T.T.B. or transposed down a fourth for the same forces.
Lyrics: Psalm 121

Levavi oculos meos in montes: unde veniet auxilium mihi.
Auxilium meum a Domino: qui fecit caelum et terram.
Non det in commotionem pedem tuum: neque dormitet qui custodit te.
Ecce non dormitabit neque dormiet: qui custodit Israel.
Dominus custodit te: Dominus protectio tua, super manum dexteram tuam.
Per diem sol non uret te: neque luna per noctem.
Dominus custodit te ab omni malo: custodiat animam tuam Dominus.
Dominus custodiat introitum tuum, et exitum tuum: ex hoc nunc, et usque in sæculum.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills: from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh even from the Lord: who hath made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: and he that keepeth thee will not sleep.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel: shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord himself is thy keeper: the Lord is thy defence upon thy right hand;
So that the sun shall not burn thee by day: neither the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in: from this time forth for evermore.