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"An anthem taken out of the 18th psalm. This anthem was composed for the use of the people of Blandford, in the county of Dorset, on the 4th June, being the day that the town was destroyed by fire."

Knapp was a glover and tutor of psalmody in Poole. His "Set of new Psalm Tunes and Anthems" was popular, achieving 8 editions between 1738 and 1770. Knapp's constituency was country (predominantly organless) parishes. The reduction provided with the current edition is best reserved for rehearsal use only.

The destruction of Blandford (Forum) occurred in 1731, and it was rebuilt in red brick to the designs of local architects John and William Bastard.

Lyrics: Psalm 18, v.6-8,13,18,19,49

In my trouble I called upon the Lord, and complained unto my God: so he heard my voice.
The earth trembled and quaked; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken,
because he was wrath.
There went a smoke out in his presence and a consuming fire out of his mouth,
so that coals were kindled.
The Lord also thundered out of Heaven; the most Highest gave his thunder, hail stones and coals of fire.
They prevented me in the day of my trouble; but the Lord was my upholder.
For this cause will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord; and sing praises unto thy name.
He brought me forth also into a place of liberty because he had a favour unto me.
For this cause will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord; and sing praises unto thy name.

William Knapp
(1698 - 1768)

In my trouble I called upon the Lord

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