With that sublime Celestial Lay Can any Earthly Sounds compare? If any Earthly Music dare, The noble Organ may. From Heav'n its wondrous Notes were giv'n, (Cecilia oft convers'd with Heaven,) Some Angel of the Sacred Choire Did with his Breath the Pipes inspire; And of their Notes above the just Resemblance gave, Brisk without Lightness, without Dulness Grave.
- by Nicholas Brady (1659 - 1726) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Henry Purcell (1658/9 - 1695), "With that sublime celestial lay", Z. 328 no. 7 (1692) [ vocal trio for alto, tenor, and bass with orchestra ], from the incidental music to Hail, bright Cecilia - or Ode to St. Cecilia, no. 7 [sung text checked 1 time]
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