Lyra Davidica

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Lyra Davidica  (1708) 
edited by
John Baptist Walsh



A Collection of Divine



New Composed, partly Translated from the High-German, and Latin HYMNS: And set to easy and pleasant Tunes, for more General Use. The Musick Engrav'd on Copper Plates.


From the [Wing] of the Earth we have heard Songs: Even Glory to the Righteous.—They shall Sing for the Majesty of the Lord; they shall Cry aloud from the Sea.—Wherefore Glorify ye the Lord in the Isles of the Sea.


Printed for J. Walsh, Servant to Her Majesty, at the Harp and Hoboy in Katherine-Street near Somerset-House in the Strand: And J. Hare, Instrument-maker, at the Golden Viol and Flute in Cornhill near the Royal-Exchange: And P. Randal, at the Violin and Lute by Pauls-grave Court, without Temple-Bar. 1708.

To the Worthy and Esteem'd

As Approv'd of Skill

In the Great or Political Harmony,
Like the Theban Artist,
Who Received his Lute from Mercury,
By the Musick of Eloquence, and Powerful
Perswasive, Charming the Insensible,
As Stones, into Regularity and UNITY;
This Concert of Divine Harmony;
As a Birth of Kin,
And under the same Constellation
With that more General Concent,
In which He has Perform'd so Exquisite a Part:
And as Acknowledgment of Favour
From HIM, and HIS;
With their Benign Influences on
Its Formation and Product;
Is Humbly


AS there has been of late Years a great Revival of the Genius of Musick in General, and great Improvements of it in Divine Use; such Numbers taught to Sing in the Country; and in the Education of Children, both a Care in their Governors, and a Propensity in themselves for the Exercise of Singing to the Praise of God: It has been thought somewhat New in this kind, that might be suited to all Capacities; and of a little freer Air than the grave Movement of the Psalm Tunes, might be both seasonable and acceptable; there being little or nothing advanc'd of this Nature amang us, but what is quite thro set to Musick, and so of less General Use.

It is Observable, that in Germany, where they have such abundance of Divine Songs and Hymns, set to short and pleasant Tunes, and of more Airy Movement; the Peasant at his Plow, the Servants at their Labour, the Children in the Street; and generally Persons both Imploy, and in their Diversions, make use of these for the Expression of their Mirth; and have no such Custome as we unhappily labour under, of Ballads and Profane Songs; which tend so much to Vitiate the Minds of the Younger sort, and Entertain the wicked Inclinations of others. And as it is found they generally have the Start of us both in Religion and Reformation, so if in this Point also follow them, it might be the Transplanting a Flower into our Soil, that would yield a grateful Savour both to God and Man.

The Ground of this Work, was a Collection and Composition for Private Use; in which were two or three of the German Hymns; to which others were recommended to be Added by some of that Nation, and Encouragement given of good Acceptance, if they were made Publick. The Editor has more of this kind by him, wich if Providence so appoint may follow; and the Design be carried on to something Higher, for the Use of ths greater Proficients both in Musick, and Religion.

That something more particular in point of Gratitude is yet needful to be Advanc'd, in Nation that above all other has had the Experience of such surprising Favours and peculiar Blessings, I believe none will deny: And 'tis for the Excitement of this Spirit, and as a Mite of Thankful Oblation to the Fountain of Mercies and Blessings, towards the appeasing his Indignation, and averting his Judgments, and for the Continuation of his Goodness to us, that this Design is Ultimately Intended. Let us above all others, Sing for the Majefty of the Lord, and let his Name be Glorified in This our Isle. And we shall find the Ascending Echo of Praise for Mercies Receiv'd, Return'd and Re-Echo'd from the Heavens, in Mercies Multiply'd. Yea, it will reflect Glory also upon Us, upon our QUEEN, and upon our Kingdom; from the Glory of His Presence, and the Smile of his Countenance, Ev'n Glory to the Righteous. So may the Glory of our Isle, and of our Kingdom Increase, in and from the Glory of His breaking forth among us, and Shining upon us.

Of the HYMNS Contain'd in this

ALL Praise to thee. An Evening Hymn. p. 2.
Awake my Soul. A Morning Hymn. p. 1.
Awake the Voice. Wacht auft! ruft uns. p. 73.
Can I cease my God. Solt ich meinen Gott. Commemoration of God's Mercies. p. 22.
Christ our Lord is Risen. Erstanden ist der. p. 12,
Come Holy Ghost. Kom Heiliger Geist. A Pentecostal Hymn. p. 51.
Gloria Patri. p. 72.
God is our Refuge. Ein feste burg. Luther's Hymn going to Worms. p. 75.
Hail my Soul's true Comforter. Salve Cordis Gaudium. p. 29
How fairly Shines. Wie schon leuchtet. p. 40.
How long sweet Lord. p. 33.
How sweet the Angel Trumpets. A Sacramental Hymn. p. 8.
Jesus Christ is Risen to Day. A Resurrection Hymn. p. 11.
Jesus my Loving Spouse. p. 62.
Jesus my Memory's sweet. Jesu dulcis memoria. St. Bernard's Jubile. p. 14.
In this Worlds Inn. For the Sabbath. p. 66.
Let Jubil Trumpets. In dulci Jubilo. On the Birth of Christ. p. 7.
Lord now my Sleep. A Midnight Hymn. p. 4.
My Soul and All. Praise for the Divine Goodness. p. 35.
O all ye Works of God. p. 18.
O my Soul with. Maehe dich mine. For Spiritual Watchfulness. p. 53.
O Sacred Peace. p. 31.
Our Good and Universal. Lord's Prayer Paraphras'd. p. 20.
Rise O my Soul. An Aspiration. p. 38.
Sacred Flames of Love Divine. p. 26.
Sing to the Lord. p. 49.
Sweet Jesus who. Mein Hertzens Jesu. Of the Excellence of Christ. p. 44.
Temptations Lord beset. Meditation for Noon. p. 56.
That Glory may. p. 77.
Thy Servants Lord. p. 58.
The UNION Hymn. p. ult.

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.