Four versions of this quadruple chant are known. Three are found in the Cambridge University Library archive:
- The earliest version (1970) is the quadruple chant for Psalm 12. ATBB & organ in C minor.
- Then we have quadruple chant for Psalm 12. SATB & organ in E minor and the version for Psalm 13 for SATB & organ in E flat minor. The SATB versions might be assumed to date from the period 1982-1989 when the Gonville & Caius College Choir added a soprano line.
The chant is also published as Psalm 103 in the St. Paul's Psalter (Scott, 1997). We have not seen this version (it is not found in the CUL archive), but the recording suggests it is in D minor.
The St Paul's Psalm 103 version features in a live BBC radio broadcast from St Paul’s Cathedral London, 20 December 1978, with the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, directed by Barry Rose, and Christopher Dearnley (organ), now published on YouTube by the "Archive of Recorded Church Music".
The full typeset PDF score for the Psalm 12 C minor version can be obtained here (or click on the image below).
Please also see our guidance on the use of this score.
. Psalm XII. Salvum me fac.
1. Help me, Lord, for there is not one godly man left :
for the faithful are minished from among the children of men.
2. They talk of vanity every one with his neighbour :
they do but flatter with their lips, and dissemble in their double heart.
3. The Lord shall root out all deceitful lips :
and the tongue that speaketh proud things;
4. Which have said, With our tongue will we prevail :
we are they that ought to speak, who is lord over us?
5. Now for the comfortless troubles' sake of the needy :
and because of the deep sighing of the poor,
6. I will up, saith the Lord :
and will help every one from him that swelleth against him, and will set him at rest.
7. The words of the Lord are pure words :
even as the silver, which from the earth is tried, and purified seven times in the fire.
8. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord :
thou shalt preserve him from this generation for ever.
9. The ungodly walk on every side :
when they are exalted, the children of men are put to rebuke.
. Psalm XIII. Usque quo, Domine?
1. How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever :
how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
2. How long shall I seek counsel in my soul, and be so vexed in my heart :
how long shall mine enemies triumph over me?
3. Consider, and hear me, O Lord my God :
lighten mine eyes, that I sleep not in death.
4. Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him :
for if I be cast down, they that trouble me will rejoice at it.
5. But my trust is in thy mercy :
and my heart is joyful in thy salvation.
6. I will sing of the Lord, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me :
yea, I will praise the Name of the Lord most Highest.