Te Lucis Ante Terminum
Thomas Tallis


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Tallis' first entry in the 2015 Hall of Fame is Te Lucis Ante Terminum, and it's also the first time it's ever appeared in the chart

Te Lucis Ante Terminum is a Latin hymn written to be sung at Compline, the last service of the day. The words translate as 'To thee before the close of day' and Tallis's setting of the hymn is suitably valedictory. The work was included in the Cantiones sacrae, a collection of music put together by composers Thomas Tallis and William Byrd and presented in 1575 to Queen Elizabeth I.

The earliest known setting of the hymn is a plainsong version in the Liber Usualis, a book of chants compiled by monks at the Abbey of Solesmes in France.

Tallis's setting only uses polyphony — many different interlacing lines of music — for the central of the three verses, the text of which translates as 'From all ill dreams defend out sight, / From fears and terrors of the night; / Withhold from us our ghostly foe, / That spot of sin we may not know.'