This is the second of Finzi’s three opus 27 anthems, it’s a setting of a text from the Preparatory Meditations by the Puritan poet Edward Taylor (1642–1729) combined with Psalm 47 which Finzi wrote in 1951 for a St Cecilia’s Day Service at St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn. The performance below was given by The Georgia Boy Choir at Hereford Cathedral, Herefordshire,on July 24 2014 during their tour of England. You’ll also find the text below. Enjoy :-)
Text: God is gone up
God is gone up with a triumphant shout:
The Lord with sounding Trumpets’ melodies:
Sing Praise, sing Praise, sing Praise, sing praises out,
Unto our King sing praise seraphic-wise!
Lift up your Heads, ye lasting Doors, they sing,
And let the King of Glory enter in.
Methinks I see Heaven’s sparkling courtiers fly,
In flakes of Glory down him to attend,
And hear Heart-cramping notes of Melody
Surround his Chariot as it did ascend;
Mixing their Music, making ev’ry string
More to enravish as they this tune sing.
Edward Taylor (1642-1729)