Required Resources: SATB choir
Thomas Campion (1567-1620), an English composer, poet and physician, wrote Two Bookes of Ayres in 1613.
They contained numerous sacred and secular poems, set to music for three- and four-voice ensembles.
Arranger Joseph Knapicius has taken one such poem, Author of Light, and given us a practical singing edition, smoothing oddities in voice leading and modernizing rather obscure words like redeeme, sunne/moone, and starres.
Two verses are set:
- Author of light, revive my dying sprite;
redeem it from the snares of all confounding night.
Lord, light me to thy blessed way, for blind with worldly vain desires
I wander as a stray.
Sun and moon, stars and underlights I see, but all their glorious beams
are mists and darkness being compared to thee.
- Fountain of health my soul's deep wounds recure,
sweet show'rs of pity rain, wash my uncleanness pure.
One drop of thy desired grace the faint and fading heart can raise,
and in joy's bosom place.
Sin and death, hell and tempting fiends may rage; but God his own will guard,
and their sharp pains and grief in time asuage.
Vocal ranges, except for bass, are limited to an octave or less — the bass extends from low G to D above middle C.
The texture is homophonic, chorale style.
Order #: 7073
- Treasury Series
- Ordinary Time
- SATB Choir
- a cappella