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This metrical psalm gives a good indication of the sort of music that was being written by organists in the provinces in the middle of the eighteenth century. For what it is worth I have realized the figured bass of the original. I say, "for what it is worth," since the harmony is rather primitive and contains numerous consecutive octaves. Nevertheless, it is quite an attractive little piece.

It is noteworthy that only four of the six verses included in Tate & Brady's New Version are included. Some of the metrical psalms were tediously long and it is clear that congregations only sang a few of the verses.

John Broderip was born in Wells in 1719, the son of William Broderip (1683-1727), who was Organist of Wells Cathedral from 1713 until his death. John Broderip was organist of Minehead Parish Church in 1740, when he advertized a set of anthems, and organist of Wells Cathedral from 1741 until his death. He may also have been organist of Shepton Mallet Parish Church simultaneously with his Wells appointment. The tune on this page came from another of John Broderip's publications, his Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs, 1766-71. The Broderip family produced numerous musicians, including John Broderip's son, Francis Fane Broderip, who co-founded the London music house of Longman & Broderip. Another member of the family, William John Broderip, was an expert on shellfish who helped Darwin to write The Origin of Species, though he died before the book was published.

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Wells Cathedral, as it would have appeared in John Broderip's time, before the restoration of the statues destroyed by the Puritans
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