24 May 2017

Ascension Day: God is Gone Up (Gerald Finzi)


The Choir of Wells Cathedral
Malcolm Archer, director

"God is Gone Up" - An Anthem for Ascension Day
Gerald Finzi, composer

The text is taken Edward Taylor's 'Meditation Twenty' and Psalm 47.

God is gone up with a triumphant shout!
The Lord with sounding Trumpets' melodies:
Sing Praise, sing Praise, sing Praise, sing Praises out,
Unto our King sing praise seraphicwise!
Lift up your Heads, ye lasting Doors, they sing,
And let the King of Glory enter in.

Methinks I see Heaven's sparkling courtiers fly,
In flakes of Glory down him to attend,
And hear Heart-cramping notes of Melody
Surround his Chariot as it did ascend;
Mixing their Music, making ev'ry string
More to enravish as they this tune sing.