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:
Caro mea vere est cibus,
Gradual for the Feast of Corpus Christi
The eyes of all hope in you, Lord:
My flesh is meat indeed,
- The Cardinall’s Musick conducted by Andrew Carwood.