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Yield unto God the mighty Lord
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unique to the Chirk Castle Part-Books
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Psalm 150; metrical version from the Scottish Psalter

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'Music from the Chirk Castle Part-Books' (CDA67695)
Music from the Chirk Castle Part-Books
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Yield unto God the mighty Lord  

Yield unto God the mighty Lord
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The text of Thomas Caustun’s Yield unto God the mighty Lord, is a version of Psalm 150, recast—at times rather poorly—into metrical English (for instance, ‘Whatever hath the benefit of breathing’, whereas the prose version in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer reads ‘Let everything that hath breath’). It is probably one of the oldest pieces in the Chirk Castle manuscript, written in a strictly syllabic style, relieved by simple imitative passages which serve to emphasize the exuberance of the text.

from notes by David Evans © 2009

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