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Love bade me welcome

author of text

George Herbert’s poem was one of the earliest songs I ever wrote for my solo baritone voice, accompanied by my younger brother on classical guitar. I had found a volume of Herbert’s poems in my father’s study and became quite obsessed with the metaphysical poetry. Later I encountered many iconic settings of this particular poem, not least the one by Ralph Vaughan Williams from the Five Mystical Songs. And yet I have always found room for further readings of the text. When looking for a suitable anthem for the Jazz Matins, I came back to these lyrics once again. My intention was to contrast the anxiety and wretchedness of the soul with the infinite compassion of Love.

from notes by Roderick Williams © 2017


Williams (R): Sacred choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD517Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 5 on SIGCD517 [4'32] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD517 track 5

Recording date
24 April 2017
Recording venue
The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Williams (R): Sacred choral works (SIGCD517)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: December 2017
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