We sing to him, whose wisdom form'd the ear, Z 199 (Henry Purcell)
- Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2019-05-27). Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 78 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Original key, with original basso continuo part only (no editorial realization).
- Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2019-05-27). Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 86 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Original key. Contains an editorial realization of the continuo part.
First published: 1688
Description: Although Purcell adds a bass voice in the chorus, this song can also be performed with solo voice and continuo only.
Original text and translations
We sing to him, whose Wisdom form’d the Ear,
Our Songs, let him who gave us Voices, hear;
We joy in God, who is the Spring of Mirth,
Who loves the Harmony of Heav’n and Earth;
Our humble Sonnets shall That Praise rehearse,
Who is the Musick of the Universe.
And whilst we sing, we consecrate our Art,
And offer up with ev’ry Tongue a Heart.