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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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