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Christopher Tye (1505 – 1573)
Christopher Tye (c.1505 – before 1573) was an English Renaissance composer, organist and Anglican clergyman. Mostly likely born in Cambridgeshire, England, he studied at the University of Cambridge and after graduating became the Master of the Choir at Ely Cathedral. He achieved fame as the music teacher of Edward VI of England and is well known for his choral music, and chamber works such as the polyphonic In Nomines.
It is believed that only a small percentage of his compositions survive, and most that does are only fragments. Acts of the Apostles was the only work to be published in his lifetime from which Winchester Old, the tune to the famous Christmas Carol While shepherds watched comes.
In later life he became a clergyman, returning to Ely Cathedral and later becoming rector of Doddington, Cambridgeshire.
Let all the earth, all time and space, all people, everywhere, come make the Lord your dwelling place, come, try and trust God’s care. God, I’ll sing praises to your name, and in your strength rejoice; when your salvation is my theme, exalted be my voice!
You give the angels charge to keep my feet in all your ways; they watch my pillow while I sleep, and guard my waking days. Their hands shall bear me, lest I fall and dash against the stones; are they not servants at your call, to guard your faithful ones?
“Because you set your love on me, I’ll save you,” (says the Lord); “I’ll keep your soul most willingly, with my all-powerful word. For those to whom my name is known, I’ll honour them in heaven; there my salvation shall be shown, and endless life be given.”
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