Thou palsied earth (John Wall Callcott)
- Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2009-02-23). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 56 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Dynamics may have been added by Horsley. Mezzo forte indications are editorial. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
First published: 1824
Description: A 3 part sacred glee. A late work unpublished at the composer's death.
Original text and translations
Thou palsied Earth, with noon-day night o'erspread,
Thou sick’ning Sun, so dark, so deep, so red!
Ye hov’ring ghosts, that throng the star-less air,
Why shakes the Earth, why fades the light? declare!
Are those his limbs with ruthless scourges torn,
His brows all bleeding with the twisted thorn?
His the pale form, the meek, forgiving eye,
Rais’d from the cross in patient agony?
- Be dark, thou Sun - thou noonday night, arise!
And hide, oh hide, the dreadful sacrifice!