“Avenge me, O God, and plead my cause against an unkind nation. From a man of deceit and injustice rescue me”.
Sentiments worthy of Behrouz Boochani expressed in psalms by Sweelinck, Scheidt, Vecchi, Claude Le Jeune (the only composer to have set all 150!) and Gavin Bryars (his affecting Lord, I cry unto thee). The centrepiece is a miniature oratorio from Handel, the second of his Chandos Anthems (In the Lord put I my trust).
Plainchant according to the Church of Rome, psalm 58
Sigmund Hemmel (c. 1520–1564), psalm 82, Deus stetit in synagoga
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621), psalm 36, Du malin le meschant vouloir
Claude LeJeune (c. 1530–1600), psalm 40, Apres avoir constamment attendu
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685–1759), psalm 9, In the Lord put I my trust
Scottish metrical psalm, psalm 17, O Lord give ear to my just cause
Andrea Gabrieli (c. 1533–1585), psalm 7, Domine Deus meus