Charles King
(1687 - 1748)

Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me
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Charles King was a chorister at St Paul's, under Jeremiah Clarke, and subsequently his pupil and brother-in-law. In his turn he became a teacher to Boyce, Greene and Alcock. Although he attained a B.Mus. at Oxford (his exercise on that occasion being a setting of "The dialogue between Oliver Cromwell and Charon") he was badly trained. Prolific, melodious and forthright, his compositions are littered with technical infelicities, which prompted the comment from Greene that "Mr King was a very serviceable man".
Lyrics: Psalm 30, v. 11-13

Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.
Thou hast turned my heaviness into joy: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness.
Therefore shall every good man sing of thy praise without ceasing: O my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.