Ye watchers and ye holy ones (Lasst Uns Erfreuen)

Lyrics

Ye watchers and ye holy ones,
Bright seraphs, cherubim, and thrones,
Raise the glad strain, Alleluia!
Cry out, dominions, princedoms, powers,
Virtues, archangels, angels’ choirs,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O higher than the cherubim,
More glorious than the seraphim,
Lead their praises, Alleluia!
Thou Bearer of the eternal Word,
Most gracious, magnify the Lord,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Respond, ye souls in endless rest,
Ye patriarchs and prophets blest,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Ye holy Twelve, ye martyrs strong,
All saints triumphant, raise the song,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O friend, in gladness let us sing,
Supernal anthems echoing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Lasst Uns Erfreuen
  • Meter: 88 44 88 and Alleluias
  • Style: Reformation, Carol
  • Composer: Unknown from Hymnal: Geistliche Kirchengesang, Cologne (1623) arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
  • Lyricist: John Athelstan Laurie Riley (1858 – 1945)
  • Church Year: Christmas, Ascension, Trinity
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

 

Unto us a boy is born (Puer Nobis)

Lyrics

Unto us a boy is born,
King of all creation:
Cradled in a stall was He,
The Lord of every nation,
The Lord of every nation.

Cradled in a stall was he
With sleepy cows and asses;
But the very beasts could see
That He all men surpasses,
That He all men surpasses.

Herod then with fear was filled:
‘A prince’, he said, ‘In Jewry!’
All little boys be killed
At Bethl’em in his fury,
At Bethl’em in his fury.

Now may Mary’s Son, who came
So long ago to love us,
Lead us all with hearts aflame
Unto the joys above us,
Unto the joys above us.

Omega and Alpha He!
Let the organ thunder,
While the choir with peals of glee
Doth rend the air asunder,
Doth rend the air asunder.

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Puer Nobis
  • Meter: 76 77
  • Style: Carol
  • Composer: Unknown Published in Piae Cantiones (1582)
  • Lyricist: Unknown Published in Piae Cantiones (1582)
  • Translator: Percy Dearmer (1867 – 1936)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

The advent of our King (Franconia)

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Franconia
  • Meter: SM
  • Style: Baroque, Hymn
  • Composer: Unknown From Hymnal: Harmonischer Liederschatz (1738)
  • Lyricist: Charles Coffin (1676 – 1749)
  • Translator: John Chandler (1806 – 1876)
  • Church Year: Advent
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Recordings

 
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Carol – The advent of our King – Lyrics

1. The advent of our King
Our prayers must now employ,
And we must hymns of welcome sing
In strains of holy joy.

2. The everlasting Son
Incarnate deigns to be;
Himself a servant’s form puts on
To set His servants free.

3. O Zion’s Daughter, rise
To meet thy lowly King,
Nor let thy faithless heart despise
The peace He comes to bring.

4. As Judge, on clouds of light,
He soon will come again
And His true members all unite
With Him in heaven to reign.

5. All glory to the Son,
Who comes to set us free,
With Father, Spirit, ever One,
Through all eternity.

The Angel Gabriel from heaven came (Birina Gaztettobat Zegoen)

Lyrics

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
With wings as drifted snow, with eyes as flame:
“All hail to thee, O lowly maiden Mary,
Most highly favoured lady.” Gloria!

“For know a blessed mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honour thee;
Thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
Most highly favoured lady.” Gloria!

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head;
“To me be as it pleaseth God,” she said.
“My soul shall laud and magnify God’s holy name.”
Most highly favoured lady.” Gloria!

Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born
In Bethlehem all on a Christmas morn,
And Christian folk through-out the world will ever say:
“Most highly favoured lady.” Gloria!

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Birina Gaztettobat Zegoen
  • Meter: 10 10 12 10
  • Style:Carol
  • Church Year: Advent | Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Sabine Baring-Gould (1834 – 1924)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s Cry (Winchester New)

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Winchester New
  • Meter: 76 76 676
  • Style: Traditional German, Carol
  • Composer: Unknown From Hymnal: Musikalisches Hanbuch (1690)
  • Lyricist: Charles Coffin (1676 – 1749)
  • Translator: John Chandler (1806 – 1876)
  • Church Year: Advent, Baptism of Christ, Epiphany
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Recordings

 
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Carol – On Jordan’s bank – Lyrics

On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
announces that the Lord is nigh;
awake and hearken, for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings.

Then cleansed be every breast from sin;
make straight the way for God within,
prepare we in our hearts a home
where such a mighty Guest may come.

For thou art our salvation, Lord,
our refuge and our great reward;
without thy grace we waste away
like flowers that wither and decay.

To heal the sick stretch out thine hand,
and bid the fallen sinner stand;
shine forth and let thy light restore
earth’s own true loveliness once more.

All praise, eternal Son, to thee,
whose advent doth thy people free;
whom with the Father we adore
and Holy Ghost for evermore.

O come, all ye faithful (Adeste Fideles)

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Adeste fideles
  • Meter: Irregular and Refrain
  • Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: John Francis Wade (1711 – 1786)
  • Lyricist: Unknown
  • Translator: Frederick Oakeley (1802 – 1880)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

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Carol – O come, all ye faithful – Lyrics

English

O come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant,
O Come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, Born the King of angels;

 O come, let us adore Him,
 O come, let us adore Him,
 O come, let us adore Him,
 Christ the Lord.

God of God, Light of Light,
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God, Begotten not created. Refrain

Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation;
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, In the highest; Refrain

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning;
Jesu, to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing. Refrain

Latin

Adeste Fideles laeti triumphantes,
Veníte, veníte in Bethlehem.
Natum vidéte, Regem Angelorum:
Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus,
Dominum.

Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine,
gestant puellae viscera
Deum verum, genitum non factum:
Veníte adoremus, etc.

Cantet nunc io chorus Angelórum
cantet nunc aula caelestium:
Gloria in excelsis Deo:
Veníte adoremus, etc.

Ergo qui natus, die hodierna
Jesu, tibi sit glória
Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum:
Veníte adoremus, etc.

O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni Emmanuel)

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Veni Emmanuel
  • Meter: LM and Refrain
  • Style: Mediaeval, Carol
  • Church Year: Advent, Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown adapted by arranger: Thomas Helmore (1811 – 1890) from French Missal – this version arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Unknown from Great O Antiphons (12th – 13th Century)
  • Translator: John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Recordings

 
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Carol – O come, O come Emmanuel – Lyrics

English

1. O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Refrain
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

2. O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave. Refrain

3. O come, Thou dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight! Refrain

4. O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery. Refrain

5. O come, O come, Thou Lord of Might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the law4
In cloud, and majesty, and awe. Refrain

Latin

1. Veni, Veni Emmanuel!
Captivum solve Israel!
Qui gemit in exsilio,
Privatus Dei Filio.

Refrain
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.

2. Veni, O Jesse virgula,
Ex hostis tuos ungula,
De specu tuos tartari
Educ et antro barathri. Refrain

3. Veni, Veni O Oriens!
Solare nos adveniens,
Noctis depelle nebulas,
Dirasque noctis tenebras. Refrain

4. Veni, Clavis Davidica,
Regna reclude caelica,
Fac iter tutum superum,
Et claude vias inferum. Refrain

5. Veni, Veni Adonai!
Qui populo in Sinai
Legem dedisti vertice,
In Majestate gloriae. Refrain

Long ago, prophets knew (Personent hodie – Theodoric)

Lyrics

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Personent hodie (Theodoric)
  • Meter: 666 66 and Refrain
  • Style: Renaissance, Carol
  • Composer: Unknown published in Hymnal: Pies Cantiones (1582) arranged Richard M S Irwin.
  • Lyricist: Fred Pratt Green (1903 – 2000)
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright © 1971 Stainer & Bell Ltd
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Little Donkey

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Little Donkey
  • Meter: 85 85 and Refrain
  • Style: Carol
  • Composer: Eric Boswell (1921 – 2009)
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Eric Boswell (1921 – 2009)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Music © 1959 Eric Boswell (1921 – 2009)
  • Performance Copyright © 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

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It came upon a midnight clear (Noël) – Organ and Trumpet Descant

Lyrics

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold;
“Peace on the earth, good will to men,
From Heaven’s all gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains,
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever over its Babel sounds
The blessèd angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife
The world has suffered long;
Beneath the angel strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not
The love-song which they bring;
O hush the noise, ye men of strife
And hear the angels sing.

And ye, beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow,
Look now! for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road,
And hear the angels sing!

For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophet-bards foretold,
When with the ever circling years
Comes round the age of gold;
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendours fling,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.

Recording

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Noel
  • Meter: DCM
  • Style: Carol, Traditional English
  • Lyricist: Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810 – 1876)
  • Composer: Unknown arranger: Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842 – 1900)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.