Byrd W - Be unto me O Lord a tower

Composer: 
William Byrd (1540-1623)
Category: 
Anthem

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Recorded on
3 November 2010

Words

Be unto me, O Lord, a tower
of strength against my mortal foe,
O guard and warde me with thy power,
which way so ever I shall go.
Then shall my heart and soul rejoice,
in God my Lord with cheereful voice.

Words William Leighton
(c. 1565–1622)

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