Come down, O Love divine (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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  • (Posted 2011-01-18)  CPDL #23032:       
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2011-01-18).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 78 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by Charles H. Giffen. Arranged with two descants. The synthesized MP3 performance has Oboe and English horn doubling the two descants. Revised version uploaded 2011-05-25. Copyright by the arranger for CPDL, may be freely copied, distributed, performed, or recorded. Please inform the arranger of any performances of this work.

General Information

Title: Come down, O Love divine
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lyricist: Bianco of Siena

Number of voices: 4 plus 2vv   Voicing: SATB, plus 2 Descants
Genre: SacredHymn   Tune: Down Ampney   Meter: 66 11. D

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1906 (tune)
Description: 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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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Discendi, amor santo.