As the fainting deer cries out

As the fainting deer cries out. David George Preston* (1939- ). This version of Psalm 42 was one of the last texts written for The Book of Praises: 70 Psalms for singing today, which the author compiled in 1986. It was paired from then on with his version of Psalm 43, ’God defend me; traitors rise’. As the two Psalms have much in common, including their refrain, and because they may have been a single song which was later divided, Preston has rendered them in the same 7777D metre and given them both Joseph Parry*’s tune ABERYSTWYTH. His note adds ‘Psalms 42 and 43 which are so closely connected are often sung together as a single psalm’. The two texts were again placed together in Praises...

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