Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585
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Psalm 2:1-2

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed,

[Psalter text by Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker:]

Why fum’th in fight the Gentiles spite, in fury raging stout?
Why tak’th in hand the people fond, vain things to bring about?
The Kings arise, the Lords devise, in counsels met thereto,
against the Lord with false accord, against His Christ they go.

Why fumeth in fight (published in 1567), the third of nine tunes contributed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter. As Parker described it, “The third doth rage: and roughly bray’th.” Nearly 350 years later, it was the inspiration for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

Thomas Tallis: Tunes for Archbishop Parker's Psalter

Performed by Alamire, directed by David Skinner

Vaughan Williams - Fantasia sobre un tema de Thomas Tallis HQ

Performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis
“At the Gloucester Cathedral (where it in 1910 was played for the first time and conducted by Vaughan Williams himself)”


MP3: Third Tune: Why fum’th in fight, performed by Stile Antico, from the album Heavenly Harmonies / Harmonia Mundi


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Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585
Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John 14:15-17a

15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

If ye love me (1565) by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

If ye love me - Tallis - Tenebrae conducted by Nigel Short

Performed by Tenebrae Choir

If Ye Love Me - Synergy Brass Quintet

Performed by Synergy Brass Quintet in Sils, Switzerland


Arranged by Peter Le huray. For SATB choir, a cappella. Mixed Voices. Tudor Church Music. Sacred, Choral Leaflet. Vocal score. 4 pages. Published by Oxford University Press


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Prophet Joel, Russian icon from first quarter ...
Prophet Joel, Russian icon from first quarter of 18th cen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joel 2:12, 17 [Latin]

12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

In ieiunio et fletu (from Cantiones Sacrae, 1575) (alternate spelling: In jejunio et fletu) by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

Thomas Tallis: In ieiunio et fletu

Performed by Alamire


For TrTTBarB choir a cappella. Liturgical Use: Lent. Text: Latin. Choral. Vocal score. Text Language: Latin. Duration ca. 6 minutes. Published by Notre Dame Choir Editions


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