Gerald Finzi (1901-1956): My Spirit Sang All Day

My Spirit Sang All Day is the third movement of Finzi’s Seven Poems of Robert Bridges. He wrote it around the time of his marriage to his wife Joyce (Joy) and is as Matthew  Oltman put it "an ecstatic declaration of the joy wrought by love". Enjoy :-).


Gerald Finzi (1901-1956): My Spirit Sang All Day

My spirit sang all day
O my joy.
Nothing my tongue could say,
Only My joy!
My heart an echo caught
O my joy
And spake,
Tell me thy thought,
Hide not thy joy.
My eyes gan peer around,
O my joy
What beauty hast thou found?
Shew us thy joy.
My jealous ears grew whist;
O my joy
Music from heaven is’t,
Sent for our joy?
She also came and heard;
O my joy,
What, said she, is this word?
What is thy joy?
And I replied,
O see, O my joy,
‘Tis thee, I cried, ’tis thee:
Thou art my joy.

Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, conducted by Christopher Robinson.

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