Thursday, 13 June 2013

Te lucis ante terminum

I was looking forward to some stargazing this evening, but the sky is rapidly clouding over - no doubt the next Atlantic front coming in from the west: this is June in Wales after all....

... to compensate, this is Henry Balfour Gardiner's setting of the compline hymn, Te lucis ante terminum ('Evening Hymn')  sung here by the Choir of St Paul's Cathedral, directed by John Scott

Te lucis ante terminum,

rerum Creator, poscimus,

ut solita clementia,

sis praesul ad custodiam.

Procul recedant somnia,

et noctium phantasmata:

hostemque nostrum comprime,

ne polluantur corpora.

Praesta, Pater piissime,
Patrique compar Unice,
cum Spiritu Paraclito
regnans per omne saeculum.

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