Tallis’s original tune is in the Phrygian mode and was one of the nine he contributed to the Psalter of 1567 for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Matthew Parker. When Vaughan Williams edited the English Hymnal of 1906, he also included this melody (number 92). Parker’s original words were:
- Why fumeth in fight: The Gentils spite,
- In fury raging stout?
- Why taketh in hond: The people fond,
- Vayne thinges to bring about?
- The kinges arise: The lordes devise,
- In counsayles mett thereto:
- Agaynst the Lord: With false accord,
- Against his Christ they go.
- — Psalm 2:1–2 — Archbishop Parker’s Psalter (1567)
Part of Vaughan’s composition was featured in the 2003 film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.