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Orlando Gibbons: "O Thou, the Central Orb"

Can anyone provide the source of this text? Thanks!
Replies (6): Threaded | Chronological
on February 27, 2012 11:26am
This  from Wickipedia:
"Frederick Ouseley adapted words from a sonnet by Henry Ramsden Bramley to fit Gibbons' music, creating this anthem."
on February 27, 2012 11:42am
There's a discussion on cpdl about how a Gibbons anthem can have a much later text. I've read somewhere that there are several masonic references but I do not know how to spot or interpret them.
on February 28, 2012 10:33am
Curiouser and curiouser!
OK, I read on cpdl (what this?)  that "Orb" was originally an anthem composed by Gibbons in 1612 titled "O all true faithful hearts." 
WHERE CAN I FIND THIS ORIGINAL WORK? I suppose there is a complete Gibbons somewhere, and now I'll contact a couple of university music librarians
whom I know.  
This explains the messy allocation of words to notes, or not, in the Orb version.  
Suddenly I am NOT AT ALL interested in any works of Gibbons later bowdlerized with different texts (how rude of these blokes). But I am more and more
interested in finding all the original verse anthems of Gibbons that I can, with their original texts of course!
For starters, it's a relief to know that the text "See, the Word is incarnate" can be ascribed with certainty to a contemporary of Gibbons.  And, not surprisingly,
the piece "works" just about perfectly. 
on February 28, 2012 12:35pm
As far as I'm aware the original text was secular, in praise of the King, and it is such a good piece that there was an obvious desire to put sacred words to it at a later date.
on February 28, 2012 12:09pm
on February 29, 2012 6:17am
Thanks very much for directing me to the original text.  
Now I would like to find the original anthem with the original text. From this one might revise the text to arrive at a result that praises God in general
without reference to the King's toothache. Will see what I can accomplish.  
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