Apr. 16th, 2017

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A crow flying over the uplands of the Bolt. Just visible in the background is Soar's holiday cottage park.

Rise heart

Apr. 16th, 2017 09:30 am
sawyl: (A self portrait)
Ralph Vaughan Williams' setting of George Herbert's poem Easter from Five Mystical Songs in an arrangement with organ accompaniment performed by the choir of King's College, Cambridge.





Easter by George Herbert

Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise
Without delayes,
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise
With him mayst rise:
That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more just.

Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part
With all thy art.
The crosse taught all wood to resound his name
Who bore the same.
His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key
Is best to celebrate this most high day.

Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song
Pleasant and long:
Or since all music is but three parts vied,
And multiplied;
O let thy blessed Spirit bear a part,
And make up our defects with his sweet art.

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