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Lord, From Sorrows Deep I Call – Sunday Songs

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Based on Psalm 42, by Matt Papa and Matt Boswell, Lord, From Sorrows Deep I Call is another demonstration of how these two songwriters produce material that gives expression to themes that modern songwriters don’t automatically gravitate to, while composing songs that are engaging and singable.

I think there’s an album of their material (don’t know whether it would be new collaborations or some of the songs that they’ve written individually and together in the past) coming out later this year.
It will be worth a listen.

2 thoughts on “Lord, From Sorrows Deep I Call – Sunday Songs

  1. Psalm 42 (41 in LXX & Vulgate)
    is a poem with brilliant imagery, later called Metaphysical when used by Anglican Dean John Donne and other ingenious Elizabethans and Jacobeans. As a 9 yo Treble, I loved Nahum Tate’s late 17th century paraphrase, to rhyming iambic quatrains:
    tetrameter, trimeter, tetrameter, trimeter
    #26, Hymns Ancient & Modern
    still evokes the heart-rending image of a Stag at bay:
    As pants the hart for
    cooling streams
    When heated in the chase,
    So longs my soul, o God,
    for Thee
    And Thy redeeming grace.

    Christ Church choir entrusted the descant to little me.
    Simile shifts to metaphor in 42:7 (41:8 in Jerome’s version, rolling, sonorous in Latin; images ominous, dire and dreadful:
    Abyssus abyssum invocat,
    in voce cataractarum Tuarum.
    Omnia excelsa Tua, et fluctus
    Tui super me transierunt!
    (my punctuation)
    Abyss calls to abyss, in the
    voice of Thy falling waters.
    All Thy high things, and
    Thy great waves flow over me
    (my free translation)
    Handel in 1713 made a meal of it in his first work for Queen Anne’s Chapel Royal, a Big Anthem with The Lot.
    I think Tate’s opening
    “As pants the Hart for
    cooling streams
    When heated in the chase”
    is a gem of English verse.
    Handel’s anthem opens with those words, and is usually called by the first 4.

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