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Hyperion Records

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The Ancient of Days by William Blake (1757-1827)
The Whitworth Gallery, The University of Manchester
Track(s) taken from CDA67020
Recording details: September 1997
St Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: March 1998
Total duration: 3 minutes 11 seconds

Might I in thy sight appear
composer
British Library Add.MSS14340 & 71107, 1807
author of text

Introduction
A great deal of religious music was written and published for domestic use in the Georgian period. Wesley’s expressive song Might I in thy sight appear is a case in point; it is a setting of verses four and five from his father’s hymn ‘Saviour, Prince of Israel’s race’. It survives in two autograph manuscripts, one with mainly figured bass accompaniment, and the other (discovered by Timothy Roberts just in time for the recording) with a fully written-out keyboard part.

from notes by Peter Holman 1998

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