The Call - Come my way (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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  • (Posted 2014-07-09)  CPDL #32408:     
Editor: Marc Cerisier (submitted 2014-07-09).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 307 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Newly engraved based on the original edition in Eb major. Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment.
  • (Posted 2008-06-07)  CPDL #17107:  Network.png
Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-06-07).  Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 118 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard version of the original accompaniment.

General Information

Title: The Call - "Come, my Way"
Larger work: 5 Mystical Songs
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lyricist: George Herbert

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Baritone solo
Genre: SacredSacred song

Language: English
Instruments: Chamber orchestra

First published: 1911
Description: No. 4 from 5 Mystical Songs. The work sets four poems by George Herbert, from his 1633 collection The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations, published 1633. The Call was adapted as a hymntune by E. Harold Greer.

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Original text and translations

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The Call

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a Way, as gives us breath:
Such a Truth, as ends all strife:
Such a Life, as killeth death.

Come, My Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Such a Light, as shows a feast:
Such a Feast, as mends in length:
Such a Strength, as makes his guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
Such a Joy, as none can move:
Such a Love, as none can part:
Such a Heart, as joys in love.