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Dr. Christopher Mason

Tongues of Fire Artists

Texts & Translations


Veni Creator Spiritus
Hymn for Pentecost

Veni, Creator Spiritus,

mentes tuorum visita,

imple superna gratia

quae tu creasti pectora.


Come, Creator Spirit,

Visit the souls of your devoted;

With your divine grace fill

The hearts which you have created. 


-Translation by Ron Jeffers

Katerina Gimon


Heat, light

Strength, fuel, drive

Burning, melting, evaporating, and transforming


Missa Brevis: Tongues of Fire
Cecilia McDowall


Lord have mercy,

Christ have mercy,

Lord have mercy.


Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace to people of good will. 

We praise you,

we bless you, 

we adore you,

we glorify you,

we give you thanks for your great glory,

Lord God, heavenly King,

O God almighty Father. 


Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, 

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of The Father,

you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us;

you take away the sins of the world,

receive our prayer;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father

have mercy on us. 


For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father. 



Liguae Ignis

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing

mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And

there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat

upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and

began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

-Acts 2:2-4



Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.



Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.


Veni Sanctea Soiritus
Orlando di Lasso

Veni sancte Spiritus:

Reple tuorum corda fidelium:

et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.


qui per diversitatem linguarum cunctarum

gentes in unitate fidei congregasti.



Come Holy Spirit:

Fill the hearts of your faithful,

And kindle your love in them.


You, who through the diversity of many tongues,

Have gathered the nations together in the unity of faith.



-Antiphon for Pentecost

Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars
Jonathan Dove

Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion

And turneth the shadow of death into morning.

Alleluia, yea, the darkenss shineth as the day,

The night is light about me.



-Amos 5:8; Psalm 139


Go, Lovely Rose
Eric Whitacre

Go, lovely rose!

Tell her that wastes her time and me,

That now she knows,

When I resemble her to thee,

How sweet and fair she seems to be.


Tell her that’s young,

And shuns to have her graces spied,

That hadst thou sprung

In deserts, where no men abide,

Thou must have uncommended died.


Small is the worth

Of beauty from the light retired;

Bid her come forth,

Suffer herself to be desired,

And not blush so to be admired.


Then die! that she

The common fate of all things rare

May read in thee;

How small a part of time they share

That are so wondrous sweet and fair!


-Edmund Waller

Coeur langoreulx
Josquin des Prez

Cueur langoreulx qui ne fais que penser

plain de gemis plourer et souspirer

resiuoys toy car ta belle maistresse par sa pitie

vault donner liesse ioye' et plaisir

pour te reconforter.


Languishing heart that spends its times thinking, 

Complaining, groaning, crying and sighing,

Rejoice, for your beautiful mistress, in her mercy,

is willing to accord pleasure, joy and merriment to comfort you.

Lamento della Ninfa
Claudio Monteverdi

The god Phoebus had still to light

The great fires of the dawn

When the nymph left her dwelling.


Her face a pale temple in its ruins of grief;

Her cries – a heart, rending.


Hither and thither she went,

Stumbling through flowers,

Grieving the love she had lost:



Hear me, O Love, she begged the heavens,

– stock still now, rooted to the spot –

What happened to that traitor’s vow,

‘Togetherness and trust’?''


I just want him back,

But as he was before.

If you cannot – then kill me;

I cannot bear this agony.


No more will I listen to his sighs,

Unless we are separated by a thousand seas

No! No longer will I martyr myself for this.


I am destroying myself because of him,

And the worse it is, the more gorged,

The more satisfied he seems.

If I were to flee from him,

Perhaps then he might come begging?


That woman’s eyebrows

May be arched more perfectly than mine,

But sealed within my breast, O Love,

Lives a faithfulness still fairer.


And that woman’s mouth will never open

To give such kisses as I can give!

(Hush! Say nothing – you know only too well!)



With these cries she cast

Her anguish to the heavens.

And so it is that in the heart of every lover

Burns, side-by-side, love’s flame and ice.


-Translation by Charles Marshall

Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron
arr. John Rutter

Twas on a Monday morning 

When I beheld my darling, 

She looked so neat and charming 

In every high degree. 

She looked so neat and nimble-o,

A-washing of her linen-o



Dashing away with the smoothing iron,

Dashing away with the smoothing iron, 

Dashing away with the smoothing iron,

She stole my heart away. 


’Twas on a Tuesday morning…

A-hanging out her linen-o



’Twas on a Wednesday morning…

A-starching of her linen-o



’Twas on a Thursday morning…

A-ironing of her linen-o



’Twas on a Friday morning…

A-folding of her linen-o



’Twas on a Saturday morning…

A-airing of her linen-o



’Twas on a Sunday morning…

A-wearing of her linen-o




Muié Rendêra
arr. C.A. Pinto

Olé, muié rendêra,

Olé, muié renda,

Tu me ensina a faze rendá

Que eu te Ensino a namorá.


Virgulino é Lampeão.

É lampa, é Lampa, é Lampa,

É Lampeão.

O seu nome é Virgulino,

O apelido é Lampeão.


Hey lacemaker woman,

Hey, lacemaker woman,

If you teach me how to weave,

I’ll teach you how to court.


Virgulino is Lampeão.

He is Lampa, Lampa, Lampa,

É Lampeão.

His name is Virgulino,

His nickname is Lampeão.


-Translation by Daniel Rufino Afonso, Jr. 

Song (I Gaze Upon You)
Gabriel Jackson

I gaze upon you and the sun grows large.

Soon it will overwhelm our day.


Awake with heart and colour in your head

To chase away the night’s bad dreams.

Awake that I may follow where you go.


I have a body that waits to follow you

From the gates of day to the gates of dusk

A body to spend with you a life of love.


-Paul Eluard trans. Gilbert Bowen

Oh My Love's Like a Red, Red Rose
Rene Clausen

O my Luve is like a red, red rose 

That’s newly sprung in June; 

O my Luve is like the melody 

That’s sweetly played in tune. 


So fair art thou, my bonnie lass, 

So deep in luve am I; 

And I will luve thee still, my dear, 

Till a’ the seas gang dry. 


Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear, 

And the rocks melt wi’ the sun; 

I will love thee still, my dear, 

While the sands o’ life shall run. 


And fare thee weel, my only luve! 

And fare thee weel awhile! 

And I will come again, my luve, 

Though it were ten thousand mile.


-Robert Burns

The Weather
arr. Will Searight


I won't talk about the weather,

Not with you, we're not together,

'Cause even when the sky is grey, I'm feeling blue,

And though the winds are always changin'

And the clouds are rearrangin',

A part of me will always be in love with you.


There's a fire in LA

And since you moved there back in May

I wonder, should I call to see if you're alright?


Yeah, you're a million miles away

But I still think of you each day

And hope the weather doesn't keep you cold at night.



-Jordan Cohen and Lawrence


You've Got a Friend
arr. Dan Wessler

You've got a friend in me,
You've got a friend in me.
And when the road looks rough ahead
And you're miles and miles from your nice warm bed
You just remember what your old pal said,
“Son, you've got a friend in me.”

You've got a friend in me,
You've got a friend in me.
You’ve got troubles, I’ve got ‘em too,
There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you.
We stick together, we can see it through,
'Cause you've got a friend in me

Some other folks might be a little bit smarter than I am,
Bigger and stronger too,
But none of them will ever love you the way I do,
Just me and you, boy.
And as the years go by,
Our friendship will never die.
You're gonna see it's our destiny
‘Cause You've got a friend in me.

-Randy Newman

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