Thomas Tomkins

St. Mary's Gate, Worcester, (later known as Edgar Tower)
Through which Tomkins would have walked on his frequent trips to London

Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656)

Click to read about Thomas Tomkins in Wikipedia.

O pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love thee. (Psalm 122:6)

Thomas Tomkins, O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, performed by the Wells College Choir [YouTube]


Thomas Tomkins, See, see, the shepherd's queen [text], performed by The Virtual Wylbye Consort (single Japanese male voice). [Listen]

Performance by The MacKay Choral Society [YouTube]


Michiel van der Borch, Death of Absalom, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, 1332
Click to read about and listen to several versions of Thomas Tomkins, When David heard.


Thomas Tomkins, Funeral Sentences by the Oxford Camerata; Laurence Cummings, organ; Jeremy Summerly conducting. [YouTube]

Thomas Tomkins, Magnificat from The Fifth Service by the Oxford Camerata; Laurence Cummings, organ; Jeremy Summerly conducting. [YouTube]

Too much I once lamented, While love my heart tormented, Fa la la ... Alas and Ay me sat I wringing; Now chanting go, and singing. Fa la la ...

Thomas Tomkins, Too much I once lamented, by The King's Singers [YouTube]

Performance by Anna Molnár and Viktor Magyaróvári [YouTube]

Performance by Belle a Cappella [YouTube]


Good Shepherd, Catacomb of Priscilla, Rome, 2nd-3rd century
Thomas Tomkins, My shepherd is the living Lord [text], by the Worcester Cathedral choir; Raymond Johnston, organist; Donald Hunt conducting. [YouTube]


Thomas Tomkins, A Fancy for Two to Play. [YouTube]

Thomas Tomkins, In Nomine, by Margaret Fabrizio on the Fisk Organ at Stanford University. [YouTube]
Thomas Tomkins, Sad Pavan for These Distracted Times, by Kevin Gray. [YouTube]


Click to go to works by Thomas Tomkins performed by Rostislaw Wygranienko: A Sad Pavan for these Distracted Times; The Hunting Galliard; Voluntary in C (Ferrara); Voluntary in C (Breitenburg).


Works of Thomas Tomkins performed by the Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips conducting:

Liner notes with lyrics [CML] (info)

Third or "Great" Service:

Te Deum [NML] (info)
Jubilate [NML] (info)
Magnificat [NML] (info)
Nunc dimittis [NML] (info)


When David heard [NML] (info)
Then David mourned [NML] (info)
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom [NML] (info)
Woe is me that I am constrained [NML] (info)
Be strong and of a good courage [NML] (info)
O sing unto the Lord a new song [NML] (info)
O God, the proud are risen against me [NML] (info)


Thomas Tomkins, Songs, performed by the Budapest Tomkins Vocal Ensemble; Janos Dobra conducting [NML] (info)

The fauns and satyrs tripping
Phyllis, now cease to move me
Phyllis, yet see him dying

Come, shepherds, sing with me
To the shady woods
See, see the sheperd's Queen
O let me live for true love
O let me die for true love
Oyez! Has any found a lad?
Weep no more, thou sorry Boy
Yet again, as soon revived
Was ever wretch tormented?
Music divine
It is my well-beloved's voice
Cloris, when as I woo

Too much I once lamented
Woe is me
Turn unto the ord
When David heard
Adieu, ye city-prisoning towers
Fusca, in thy starry eyes
When I observe
Oft did I marie

Tomkins: Third Service, Anthems and Voluntaries performed by the Choir of New College, Oxford; David Burchell organ; Edward Higginbottom conducting [CML] (info)

liner notes with lyrics [CML] (info)

Third Service "Great": Te Deum
In nomine 
Third Service "Great": Jubilate 
Third Service "Great": Magnificat
Voluntary for Keyboard in G major
Third Service "Great": Nunc dimittis
Voluntary for Keyboard in C major
Know you not  
Voluntary for Keyboard in A minor
O Lord, let me know mine end 
O that the salvation were given