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Sir William Leighton's The Teares and Lamentatacions of a Sorrowfull Soule (1614) [3 pieces set by Robert Jones]

The Tears and Lamentations of a Sorrowful Soul - Notes and Comments

This book, of 55 pieces by 21 composers, includes eight poems that were set by Sir William Leighton himself.

Four of the songs were written by William Bird. This is the only known connection Robert Jones has with this great composer, except for Jones's association with Thomas Morley, Bird's student, and Robert Jones's compositions appearing alongside Bird's compositions in contemporary manuscripts.

In 1601 Madriglists John Wilbye, Thomas Weelkes and composer John Milton, had also joined Robert Jones in contributing songs to Thomas Morley's Triumphs of Oriana.

A Thomas Lupo had two pieces in Philip Rosseter's Lessons for Consort (1609). He is probably the same person as here but at the time their were a couple of composers around with the 'Thomas Lupo' name. John Coperario and Thomas Lupo?#, both of whom had worked on projects with Thomas Campion, each added two compositions to this compilation of Leighton's as did Francis Pilkington.

Other compositions were by Orlando Gibbons, John Bull and John Dowland.

The 'Here Of A Sunday Morning' website of WBAI 99.5 FM by Chris Whent gives this summery of Sir William's life.

"Sir William Leighton (c.1560 - before 1617) [was an] English poet and composer, a Gentleman Pensioner of Elizabeth I and James I who published two volumes of poetry and contributed to Alison's Psalter of 1599, but is best known for The Teares and Lamentations of a Sorrowful Soule (1614), a collection of 54 psalms and hymns for four or five voices, some with lute, which he compiled while in prison for debt."


The Tears and Lamentations of a Sorrowful Soul - Recordings and Publishing History

1614. The original book was published in 1614.
1970. The book was transcribed and scored by Strainer & Bell in 1970

I don't know of any recordings of any of the songs of this book. I imagine there are none made of the Robert Jones pieces but it is likely William Bird songs have been recorded somewhere and the complete works of Dowland have been recorded.

David Brown lists these pieces, from 1614, as sacred works in the 2001 edition of The New Grove Dictionary. They are published in Early English Church Music, xi which was published in 1970 @.



A Table of the Consort Songs
1. O loving God and Father dear - Set by Sir William Leighton
2. Come let us sing to God - Set by Sir William Leighton
3. My soul doth long - Set by Sir William Leighton
4. In Thee , O Lord, I put my trust - Set by Sir William Leighton
5. Thou art my God, Thy help's at hand - Set by Sir William Leighton
6. Almighty God which hath me brought - Set by Sir William Leighton
7. I cannot, Lord, excuse my sin - Set by Sir William Leighton
8. O Lord, Thy name's most excellent - Set by Sir William Leighton
9. An heart that's broken and contrite - Words by Sir William Leighton - Set by John Dowland

An HEART THAT'S BROKEN AND CONTRITE

An heart that's broken and contrite,
To God is a sweet sacrifice:
Repentant sinners Him delight,
Far more than just men is their sight.


10. Thou God of might hast chastened me - Set by John Milton
11. Yield unto God the Lord - Set by Robert Johnson
12. Almighty God which hast me brought - Set by Thomas Ford
13. Alas that I offended ever - Set by Edmund Hooper
14. O God to whom all hearts are seen - Set by Robert Kindersley
15. Almighty Lord and God of love - Set by Nathaniel Giles
16. I'll lie down to sleep in peace - Set by John Coperario
17. Attend unto my tears, O Lord - Set by John Bull D. M.
18. In the departure of the Lord - Set by John Bull D. M.
A Table of 4 parts for voices
19. Look down, O Lord, on me a poor man - Words by Sir William Leighton - Set by William Byrd

LOOK DOWN, O LORD, ON ME A POOR MAN

Look down, O Lord, on me a poor man,
In Thee I live, I move, and am,
O clear my soul and conscience
That I in Thee my peace may find, Rest to my heart, joy to my mind
Freed from my sin and mine offence,


20. Hidden, O Lord, are my most horrid sins. - Words by Sir William Leighton - Set by Francis Pilkington

HIDDEN, O LORD, ARE MY MOST HORRID SINS,

Hidden, O Lord, are my most horrid sins.
Unto the world though open plain to thee:
He never betters that no time begins,
Corruption killeth all good thought in me.


21. O Lord give ear to my complaint - Set by Thomas Lupo.
22. Let Thy Salvation Be My Joy - Words by Sir William Leighton - Set by Robert Jones B. M. for four voices

LET THY SALVATION BE MY JOY

Let Thy salvation be my joy,
Confirm me with the spirit of grace,
Let the sadness not my soul annoy,
For pensive thoughts too much take place:
O let my comfort still reside,
In Christ who for my sin hath died.


23. O God that no time dost despise - Set by Martin Peerson B. M.
24. O Lord how do my woes increase - Set by Orlando Gibbons
25. Most mighty and all-knowing Lord - Set by Thomas Weelkes
26. O let me tread in the right path - Set by John Ward
27. I am quite tired with my groans - Set by John Wilbye
28. What Shall I Render - Words by Sir William Leighton - Set by Robert Jones B. M. for four voices

WHAT SHALL I RENDER TO THE LORD

What shall I render to the Lord
For all his blessings pour'd on me:
My heart and soul with one accord,
Shall laud and praise Thy majesty:
All blessings do from Thee descend,
Blest be Thy name, world without end.


29. In Thee, O Lord, I put my trust - Set by Alfonso Ferrabasco
30. Be unto me, O Lord, a tower of strength - Set by William Byrd
A Table of the songs of 5 parts for voices
31. I laid down to rest and sleep - Set by William Byrd
32. O Lord come pity my distress - Set by Alfonso Ferrabasco
33. Attend unto my tears, O Lord - Set by John Bull D. M.
34. O Lord behold my miseries - Set by John Milton
35. High mighty God of righteousness. - Set by Francis Pilkington
36. O Lord, I lift my heart to Thee - Set by Orlando Gibbons
37. Well-spring of bounty, God of fear - Set by Edmund Hooper
38. The cause of death is wicked sin - Set by Thomas Lupo
39. O let me at Thy footstool fall - Set by Martin Peerson B. M.
40. O Lord how do my woes increase - Set by John Coperario
41. O happy he whom Thou protect'st - Set by Thomas Weelkes
42. Out of the deep to Thee I cried - Set by Nathaniel Giles
43. Save me, O Lord - Set by Robert Johnson
44. Not unto us - Set by Thomas Ford
45. Lord, ever bridle my desires - Set by Martin Peerson B. M.
46. O had I wings like to a dove - Set by John Milton
47. Lament, Lament, My Soul, Cry, O Cry - Words by Sir William Leighton - Set by Robert Jones B. M. for five voices

LAMENT, LAMENT, MY SOUL, CRY, O CRY

Lament, my soul, O cry,
Sweet Jesus pity me;
Help, for sin I die, Sweet Christ
Come ease my misery.


48. O Lord consider my great moans - Set by John Ward
49. O God the rock of my whole strength - Set by John Wilbye
50. I shame at mine unworthiness - Set by John Dowland
51. If that a sinner's sighs - Set by John Milton
52. Judge them, O Lord, which me pursue - Set by Robert Kindersley
53. Come help O God - Set by William Byrd
54. O Lord come pity my complaint - Set by Timolphus Thopull
55. In depth no man remembreth Thee - Set by Alfonso Ferrabasco

*Chris Whent, Producer of the 'Here Of A Sunday Morning' website for WBAI 99.5 FM
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#Chris Whent's website makes this note on Thomas Lupo; #"There were in fact at least two and possibly three musicians active during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in England under the name Thomas Lupo ..."


K. Pattison, An analysis of the ayres of Robert Jones. Unpublished thesis (M.F.A.), University of Georgia, 1965. 86 pages.