The three short pieces in English—If ye love me
, A new commandment
and the exquisite O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit
—show Tallis writing for the reformed rites of Edward VI and Elizabeth (who reinstated Edward’s First Prayer Book of 1549 when she came to the throne). O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit
, a setting of a prayer published in 1566, obviously dates from the time of Elizabeth I.
from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2013