Extreme Unction (Crys Armbrust)

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Editor: Crys Armbrust (submitted 2016-12-04).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 162 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
Editor: Crys Armbrust (submitted 2016-12-04).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 160 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: New performance edition
Editor: Crys Armbrust (submitted 2013-08-16).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 798 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: Extreme Unction
Composer: Crys Armbrust

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredArt song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: Setting of Ernest Dowson's poem "Extreme Unction" from Poems (1896).

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Original text and translations

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Upon the eyes, the lips, the feet,
On all the passages of sense,
The atoning oil is spread with sweet
Renewal of lost innocence.

The feet, that lately ran so fast
To meet desire, are soothly sealed;
The eyes, that were so often cast
On vanity, are touched and healed.

From troublous sights and sounds set free;
In such a twilight hour of breath,
Shall one retrace his life, or see,
Through shadows, the true face of death?

Vials of mercy! Sacring oils!
I know not where nor when I come,
Nor through what wanderings and toils,
To crave of you Viaticum.

Yet, when the walls of flesh grow weak,
In such an hour, it well may be,
Through mist and darkness, light will break,
And each anointed sense will see.