Aldrich : If the Lord himself had not been on our side : Full score
Composer: Henry Aldrich (1640 - 1710)
Lyrics: Psalm 124
From Ch. Ch. Mus 19, wherein it is qualified, in a later hand "Dr. Child", and an even later hand "No". Child's setting of this text is also available from notAmos. It is probable that Aldrich composed this setting for Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford but, given his habit of adapting the works of others, the piece may be by an as yet unidentified third party.
Psalm 124 was specified in the Book of Common Prayer as a part of the liturgy for 5th November, the anniversary of the frustration of the Gunpowder Plot. Introduced in 1662 as part of the post-restauration settlement, the liturgies for 30th January (Charles, King and Martyr's Day), 29th May (Restauration Day) and 5th November were included in the BCP until 1859.
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