Above the stars my Saviour dwells (Thomas Tomkins)

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  • (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.

General Information

Title: Above the stars my Saviour dwells
Composer: Thomas Tomkins
Lyricist: Joseph Hall

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: AATTBB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

Published: Musica Deo sacra & ecclesiae Anglicanae (London: William Godbid, 1668)

Description: This verse anthem for solo tenor sets a devotional text ("an hymne") attributed to Joseph Hall, then-Dean of Worcester Cathedral.

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Performance by the Montreal Studio of Ancient Music and the Consort de Voix Humaines

Original text and translations

English.png English text

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.