the bright morning-star
for SATB choir (divided)
Commissioned by Choir & Organ, for their New Music Series (May/June edition 2017)
The Choir of Royal Holloway; Rupert Gough (cond.) at Founder's Chapel, Royal Holloway University of London (UK) on 10 May 2017.
NOW the bright morning-star, Day’s harbinger, Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her The flowery May, who from her green lap throws The yellow cowslip and the pale primrose. Hail, bounteous May, that dost inspire Mirth, and youth, and warm desire! Woods and groves are of thy dressing; Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing. Thus we salute thee with our early song, And welcome thee, and wish thee long.
John Milton (1608–1674)
Lux æterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in æternum, quia pius es. // May perpetual light shine upon them, o Lord, with Thy saints forever, For Thou art merciful.
4 Ezra 2:34-35 -njd