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O God, the proud are risen against me

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This imposing anthem for six-part choir may have come into being for topical reasons. Its words, from Psalm 86, protest against the proud and violent men who ‘are risen against me’ – a sentiment that Byrd’s employer Queen Elizabeth I would have felt when faced with the Northern Rebellion of 1569, or the Babington plot to assassinate her in 1586.

from notes by John Milsom © 2013

Recordings

Byrd: The Great Service
CDGIM011
Byrd: The Tallis Scholars sing William Byrd
CDGIM2082CDs for the price of 1
Renaissance Radio
CDGIM2122CDs for the price of 1

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Track 8 on CDGIM011 [3'00]
Track 12 on CDGIM208 CD2 [3'00] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 25 on CDGIM212 CD2 [3'00] 2CDs for the price of 1

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