Down Ampney (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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  • (Posted 2007-11-20)  CPDL #15479:             (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2007-11-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 25 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Edition from Cyber Hymnal™

See also Come down, O Love divine (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

General Information

Title: Down Ampney
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 66 11. D

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published:
; Lyrics: Bianco of Siena (?-1434) (Discendi, Amor santo); appeared in Laudi spirituali del Bianco da Siena, edited by T. Bini, 1851; translated from Italian to English by Richard F. Littledale in The People’s Hymnal, 1867.

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External websites: Cyber Hymnal™ entry for hymn tune “Down Ampney”:

http://hymntime.com/tch/htm/c/o/comelove.htm

Original text and translations

English.png English text

1.
Come down, O love divine, seek Thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with Thine own ardor glowing.
O Comforter, draw near, within my heart appear,
And kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.

2.
O let it freely burn, til earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
And let Thy glorious light shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

3.
Let holy charity mine outward vesture be,
And lowliness become mine inner clothing;
True lowliness of heart, which takes the humbler part,
And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

4.
And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the power of human telling;
For none can guess its grace, till he become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes His dwelling.

Lyrics: Bianco of Siena (?-1434) (Discendi, Amor santo); appeared in Laudi spirituali del Bianco da Siena, edited by T. Bini, 1851; translated from Italian to English by Richard F. Littledale in The People’s Hymnal, 1867.