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Thou wast, O God, and thou wast blest

author of text

Priest and hymn writer John Mason lived from 1645–1694. This text appears in his Songs of Praise, under the subheading ‘A song of praise for creation’. The words are set here to the haunting tune by Thomas Tallis—‘Third mode melody’—which was one of nine tunes written for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter, immortalised in the 20th Century by Ralph Vaughan Williams in the Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis. Although not conceived as a pair, Mason’s brilliantly profound text is matched by Tallis’s compelling tune.

from notes by Ralph Allwood & Timothy Teague © 2015


Time and its Passing
Studio Master: SIGCD445Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 2 on SIGCD445 [3'21] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD445 track 2

Recording date
18 July 2015
Recording venue
St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell & Robin Hawkins
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  1. Time and its Passing (SIGCD445)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: December 2015
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