William Byrd (±1539-1623): Oculi Omnium

Byrd’s four-part (ATTB) setting  of Oculi Omnium which was prescribed as the Gradual & Alleluia for Corpus Christi & Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament was published in the 1605 Gradualia of (vol. 2, no. 2), it’s a very direct setting of the text that moves to three voices at ‘Aperis tu manum tuam …’ (You open your hand …) before returning to its full complement of four voices at ‘qui manducat meam carnem …’ (he who eats my flesh …). Enjoy :-)


William Byrd (±1539-1623): Oculi Omnium

Oculi omnium in te sperant Domine:
et tu das illis escam in tempore opportuno.
Aperis tu manum tuam:
et imples omne animal benedictione. Alleluia.

Caro mea vere est cibus,
et sanguis meus vere est potus:
qui manducat meam carnem,
et bibit meum sanguinem,
in me manet et ego in eo.

Gradual for the Feast of Corpus Christi

The eyes of all hope in you, Lord:
and you give them food at the right time.
You open your hand:
and you fill every creature with a blessing. Alleluia.

My flesh is meat indeed,
and my blood is drink indeed:
he who eats my flesh,
and drinks my blood,
remains with me and I with him.

The Cardinall’s Musick conducted by Andrew Carwood. 

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