Psalm 80

Music: Heinrich Schütz (1585 — 1672). Words: Jennifer Loren Bell (based on the Becker Psalter)
performance time approx 3m 00s
Range S: e' – e'' / A: a – g' / T: a – e' / B: A – a
Price code: A
Complexity: **

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This piece is part of the set Seven psalms
The next piece is Psalm 85
If you don't want to buy the whole set, then you can buy Psalm 80 individually using the link on this page.
One of a set of seven delightful psalm settings by Heinrich Schütz (from Opus 5, Becker Psalter settings) in fresh English paraphrases. Schütz's psalms are tuneful, rhythmic, easy to learn, and useful throughout the year.

A guide to the liturgical use of the psalms is included.


Give ear, Shepherd of Israel, who Jacob's sons and daughters
You lead as flocks upon the hill to their familiar waters.
Upon your angel throne shine forth, your awful power releasing!
   Restore us, O Lord Sabaoth,
   Your mercy on us showing,
   And grace on us bestowing.

How long, Lord, will your people's prayers be met with your displeasure?
You feed them with the bread of tears. They drink tears in full measure.
Our enemies above us gloat. Our neighbors joy in scheming.
   Restore us, O Lord Sabaoth, etc.

Then let your hand, Lord, be upon the one whom you created,
The Son of Man, whom you made strong, and for whom we have waited.
Your name will never be forgot. Our faith will be unceasing.
   Restore us, O Lord Sabaoth, etc.

© Jennifer Loren Bell 2012, used with permission.

Tröst uns, Gott, unser Zuversicht, laß uns dein Antlitz leuchten,
Sonst können wir genesen nicht, wenn du willt von uns weichen,
O starker Gott, Herr Zebaoth, hat denn dein Zorn kein Ende?
Wie lang solln wir in unser Not aufheben unser Hände,
Willst doch das Kreuz nicht wenden?

Du speisest uns mit Tränenbrot, das Maß ist voll geschänket
Mit Trübsal, Jammer, Angst und Not, damit dein Zorn uns tränket,
Wir sind gesetzt zum Schimpf und Spott unsern Nachbarn und Freunden,
Es zankt mit uns die böse Rott, auch höhnen uns die Feinde,
Sehr groß ist unser Leiden.

Ach wende dich, Gott Zebaoth, und schau von deinem Throne,
Such uns heim, sieh an unser Not, des lieben Weinstocks schone,
Den du durch deine rechte Hand gepflanzet dir zu eigen,
Halt ihn in Bau und machs bekannt, daß du uns Guts erzeigest,
Von deinem Erb nicht weichest.

Laß uns, Herr, leben stets mit dir, so wolln wir nicht abweichen,
Deinem heilgen Namen für und für Lob, Ehr und Preis erzeigen,
Wenn du uns tröst, Herr Zebaoth, und läßt dein Antlitz leuchten,
So genesen wir in unser Not und bleiben allzugleiche
Erben in deinem Reiche.

Cornelius Becker (1561 — 1604)

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