Spacious firmament on high. IE TCD MS 4169-4170, 10960/10 Public Deposited

Spacious firmament on high. IE TCD MS 4169-4170, 10960/10

Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 4169
  • IE TCD MS 4170
  • IE TCD MS 10960/10
Rights statement
Copyright note
Publisher location
  • [Enniskerry, Ireland]
Date Created
  • 1954
Physical extent
  • 3 items
  • IE TCD MS 4169, IE TCD MS 4170, and IE TCD MS 10960/10 are motets for six voices composed in 1954 by Ina Boyle: 'Spacious firmament on high', set to words by Joseph Addison (1672-1719): 'The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim, The unwearied sun, from day to day, Does his Creator's power display, And publishes to every land The works of an almighty hand. Soon as the evening ehades prevail, The moon takes up the wondrous tale, And nightly to the listening earth Repeats the story of her birth: Whilst all the stars that round her burn, And all the planets, in their turn, Confirm the tidings, as they rowl, And spread the truth from pole to pole. What though, in solemn silence, all Move round the dark terrestrial ball; What though nor real voice nor sound Amid their radiant orbs be found; In reason's ear they all rejoice, And utter forth a glorious voice, For ever singing, as they shine, 'The Hand that made us is Divine.''
Collection title
  • Selina (Ina) Boyle Collection
Sub Fonds
  • Selina (Ina) Boyle: Miscellaneous
Finding aid
  • IE TCD MS 4169 and 4170 are a donation of Miss Doreen Boyle, August 1967 as heir of her cousin Miss Selina (Ina) Boyle, Bushy Park, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.
  • IE TCD MS 10960/10 was presented to the Library of Trinity College Dublin 17 February 1997 by Professor Nicola LeFanu, University of York Department of Music, from the estate of the late Elizabeth Maconchy (d. November 1994). It has an ink stamp on the title page: 'Oriana Madrigal Socie[ty]'.
Resource type
  • ink
  • paper (fiber product)
  • Irish
Digital Object Id
  • MS4170_001
  • 0120040X


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