Byrd, William: Sing joyfully


Sing joyfully (c. 1590)

Sing joyfully unto God our strength.
Sing loud unto the God of Jacob.
Take the song and bring forth the timbrel,
the pleasant harp and the viol.
Blow the trumpet in the new moon,
ev’n in the time appointed, and at our feast day.
For this is a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.

Words: Psalm 81 vv. 1–4
Music: William Byrd (c. 1540–1623)