George Herbert's words receive a chant-like setting by Katherine Burk in this anthem, available in either two-part treble or SAB scorings. The melody quotes the plainchant Veni Creator Spiritus before branching off into a rising lyrical line reflecting the spreading of the dove's wings in flight.
Listen sweet Dove unto my song,
and spread thy golden wings in me;
hatching my tender heart so long,
till it get wing, and flie away with thee.
The sunne, which once did shine alone,
hung down his head, and wisht for night,
when he beheld twelve sunnes for one
going about the world, and giving light.
Such glorious gifts thou didst bestow,
that th'earth did like a heav'n appeare;
the starres were coming down to know
if they might mend their wages, and serve here.
Lord, though we change, thou art the same;
the same sweet God of love and light:
restore this day, for thy great name,
unto his ancient and miraculous right.
--George Herbert, 1633, from "Whitsunday"