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Arlen Clarke Wilt Thou Forgive?

Categories
Anthems, Evening Service
Instrument(s)
Keyboard [organ/piano]
Voicing
SAB
Difficulty
Moderately Easy
Suggested Uses(s)
Description

SAB Choir and Organ. Melody and Bass by John Hilton (16th century) and the flavor has been retained by Arlen Clarke. Not difficult. A beautiful setting of the text and tune. Great for specific days, perfect for any penitential service and just right for Lent. Text by John Donne.

Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun,
Which was my sin, though it were done before?
Wilt Thou forgive that sin through which I run,
And do run still, though still I do deplore?
When Thou hast done, Thou hast not done;
For I have more.

Wilt Thou forgive that sin which I have won
Others to sin, and made my sins their door?
Wilt Thou forgive that sin which I did shun
A year or two, but wallow'd in a score?
When Thou hast done, Thou hast not done;
For I have more.

I have a sin of fear, that when I've spun
My last thread, I shall perish on the shore;
But swear by Thyself that at my death Thy Son
Shall shine as He shines now and heretofore:
And having done that, Thou hast done;
I fear no more.

Contact

Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304

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