Richard Alison
(fl.1586 - 1606)

O Lord, bow down thine ear
(S.A.T.T.B.)
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"A prayer for the long preservation of the king and his posterity", written in response to the Gunpowder Plot, 1605. The text adopts the tone of those prayers for the royal family included in the litany in the Book of Common Prayer (1559). Henry (Prince of Wales) did not survive to inherit the throne.

Published in An Howres Recreation in Musicke, London, 1606, and (according to the frontispiece) "framed for the delight of gentlemen and others which are well affected to that quality; all for the most part with two trebles necessary for such as teach in private families".
Lyrics: Anon

O Lord, bow down thine ear unto our prayers, which we make to thee in thy son's name; and for his sake preserve our gracious king and queen from all their enemies. Continue, O Lord, their deliverance from the conspiracies of all such as rise up against them. Preserve also his royal progeny, Prince Henry and the rest, even through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, both now and ever. Amen.