Friday, May 20, 2011

William Byrd's "O Lord, Make Thy Servant Elizabeth Our Queen" Sung by the King's Singers and by the Tallis Scholars Directed by Peter Phillips




"O lord make thy servant, Elizabeth our queen, to rejoice in thy strength: give her her heart's desire, and deny not the request of her lips," prayed the master polyphonist while his Church was persecuted — William Byrd, Elizabethan Catholic.

Something perhaps to contemplate while reading The Happy Wanderer's and The Daily Bell's commentary on the visit of another Elizabeth to the long-oppressed Catholic nation — Queen Elizabeth in Ireland and Queen Visits Ireland; All Is Forgiven?

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