VOCES8: ‘Laudibus in Sanctis’ by William Byrd

I heard VOCES8 sing this a few years back. I have to admit my tears were not at all slow at that time. This song will forever feed my heart and soul.

VOCES8 sings Orlando Gibbons’ setting of the Passiontide hymn ‘Drop, Drop, Slow Tears’ at the VOCES8 Centre in London. The track forms part of the ensemble’s 15th anniversary recording project, ‘After Silence’, and can be found on all digital music platforms. For more information about the album project, visit https://voces8aftersilence.com

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Drop, drop, slow tears,
And bathe those beauteous feet
Which brought from Heaven
The news and Prince of Peace.

Cease not, wet eyes,
His mercy to entreat;
To cry for vengeance
Sin doth never cease.

In your deep floods
Drown all my faults and fears;
Nor let His eye
See sin, but through my tears.

Phineas Fletcher (1582–1650)