Vaughan Williams’ setting of George Herbert’s poem "Vertue". This performance is by the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral, directed by Huw Morgan, at an event hosted by Poet in the City dedicated to the life and works of George Herbert.
Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridall of the earth and skie:
The dew shall weep thy fall to night; For thou must die.
Sweet rose, whose hue angrie and brave
Bids the rash gazer wipe his eye:
Thy root is ever in its grave And thou must die.
Sweet spring, full of sweet dayes and roses,
A box where sweets compacted lie;
My musick shows ye have your closes, And all must die.
Onely a sweet and vertuous soul,
Like season’d timber, never gives;
But though the whole world turn to coal, Then chiefly lives.
Video Source: Sweet Day (Vertue) – Ralph Vaughan Williams – YouTube. Published on Nov 12, 2013 by TheMerbeckeChoir.