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Gerald Finzi

Dies natalis (1926-39)

Plays: 13073

Cantata for tenor solo and string orchestra, on poems by Thomas Traherne
3.The Rapture (Danza) (complete)
Duration: 03 mins 34 secs
Ian Bostridge, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner
(p) 1997 Philips Classics
Philips 454 438

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Text heard on Sample:
Sweet Infancy!
O Hevenly Fire! O Sacred Light!
How Fair and bright!
How Great am I
Whom the whol World doth magnify!

O hevenly Joy!
O Great and Sacred Blessedness
Which I possess!
So great a Joy
Who did into my Arms convey?

From God abov
Being sent the Gift doth me enflame
To prais his Name;
The Stars do mov, The Sun doth shine,
to shew his Lov.

O how Divine
Am I! To all this sacred Wealth,
This Life and Health,
Who rais'd? Who mine
Did make the same! What hand divine!

Thomas Traherne

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