Above the stars my Saviour dwells (Thomas Tomkins)
- (Posted 2015-06-04) CPDL #35655:
- Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2015-06-04). Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 220 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Original key and note values. Editorial accidentals added, and spelling modernized. In the original print, the last verse is scored for seven voices, but these have been condensed into six.
Description: This verse anthem for solo tenor sets a devotional text ("an hymne") attributed to Joseph Hall, then-Dean of Worcester Cathedral.
Original text and translations
Above the stars my Saviour dwells;
I love, I care for nothing else.
There, there he sits and fills a place
for the glorious heirs of grace.
Dear Saviour, raise my duller eyne;
let me but see thy beams divine.
Ravish my soul with wonder and desire;
ere I enjoy, let me thy joys admire.
And wond'ring let me say,
come, Lord Jesu, come away.