I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me.
Blessed are the dead who in the Lord, for they rest from their labors:
even so saith the Spirit.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me,
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, that they may rest from their labors:
thus saith the Spirit.
The eternal light shine upon them, O Lord, with Thy saints for ever:
for Thou art merciful. Lord, grant them eternal rest,
and may perpetual light shine upon them.
seems like a bleak text setting, but vocally this music is so pure and the mainly ascending sequential figures give me a sense of optimism…of resolution….of hope?