While shepherds watched (Winchester Old) – Organ and Trumpet Descant

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Winchester Old
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Renaissance Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Christopher Tye (c.1505 – before 1573) from Thomas Este’s Psalter (1592)
  • Lyricist: Nahum Tate (1652 – 1715)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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Carol – While shepherds watched – Lyrics

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
all seated on the ground;
the angel of the Lord came down,
and glory shone around.

“Fear not!” said he, (for mighty dread
had seized their troubled mind):
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring
to you and all mankind.”

“To you, in David’s town, this day
is born of David’s line
a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord,
and this shall be the sign:”

“The heavenly babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
all meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
and in a manger laid.”

Thus spake the seraph and forthwith
appeared a shining throng
of angels praising God, who thus
addressed their joyful song:

“All glory be to God on high,
and to the earth be peace;
good will henceforth from heaven to men
begin and never cease!”

The First Noel

Lyrics

The first Noel, the angels say
To Bethlehem’s shepherds as they lay.
At midnight watch, when keeping sheep,
The winter wild, the light snow deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

The shepherds rose, and saw a star
Bright in the East, beyond them far,
Its beauty gave them great delight,
This star it set now day nor night.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

Now by the light of this bright star
Three wise men came from country far;
They sought a king, such their intent,
The star their guide where’er it went.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

Then drawing nigh to the northwest,
O’er Bethlehem town it took its rest;
The wise men learnt its cause of stay,
And found the place where Jesus lay.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: The First Nowell
  • Meter: Irregular and Refrain
  • Style: Victorian Carol
  • Composer: Unknown traditional English melody
  • Arranger: John Stainer (1840 – 1901)
  • Lyricist: William Sandy (1792 – 1874)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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See amid the winter’s snow (Humility – Oxford)

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Humility (Oxford)
  • Meter: 77 77 and Refrain
  • Style: Victorian Carol
  • Composer: John Goss (1800 – 1880)
  • Lyricist: Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
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Carol | See amid the winter’s snow | Lyrics

See, amid the winter’s snow,
Born for us on Earth below,
See, the tender Lamb appears,
Promised from eternal years.
Hail, thou ever blessed morn,
Hail redemption’s happy dawn,
Sing through all Jerusalem,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Lo, within a manger lies
He who built the starry skies;
He who, throned in height sublime,
Sits among the cherubim.
Refrain

Say, ye holy shepherds,say,
What your joyful news today;
Wherefore have ye left your sheep
On the lonely mountain steep?
Refrain

“As we watched at dead of night,
Lo, we saw a wondrous light:
Angels singing ‘Peace On Earth’
Told us of the Saviour’s birth.”
Refrain

Sacred Infant, all divine,
What a tender love was Thine,
Thus to come from highest bliss
Down to such a world as this.
Refrain

Teach, O teach us, Holy Child,
By Thy face so meek and mild,
Teach us to resemble Thee,
In Thy sweet humility

See Him lying on a bed of straw (Calypso Carol)

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Calypso Carol
  • Meter: Irregular and Refrain
  • Style: Traditional Caribbean, Calypso, Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer and Lyricist: Michael Arnold Perry (1942 – 1996)
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright © 1965 Michael Perry/Jubliate Hymns.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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Once in royal David’s city (Irby) – Organ with Trumpet Descant

Lyrics

Once in royal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little Child.

He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall;
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

And, through all His wondrous childhood,
He would honour and obey,
Love and watch the lowly maiden,
In whose gentle arms He lay:
Christian children all must be
Mild, obedient, good as He.

And our eyes at last shall see Him
Through His own redeeming love,
For that Child so dear and gentle,
Is our Lord in heaven above;
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is gone.

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Irby
  • Meter: 87 87 77
  • Style: Victorian Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Henry John Gauntlett (1805 – 1876)
  • Trumpet descant – arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Cecil Frances Alexander (1818 – 1895)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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On Christmas night all Christians sing (Sussex Carol)

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Sussex Carol
  • Meter: 88 88 88
  • Style: Carol, Traditional English
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Original arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958).
  • This version with Trumpet Descant arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Phillips Brooks (1835 – 1893)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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Carol – On Christmas night all Christians sing – Lyrics

On Christmas night all Christians sing
To hear the news the angels bring;
On Christmas night all Christians sing
To hear the news the angels bring;
News of great joy, news of great mirth,
News of our merciful King’s birth.

Then why should men on earth be sad
Since our Redeemer made us glad;
Then why should we on earth be sad
Since our Redeemer made us glad;
When from our sin, He set us free
All for to gain our liberty.

When sin departs before Your grace
Then life and health come in its place;
When sin departs before Your grace
Then life and health come in its place;
Angels and men with joy may sing
All for to see the newborn King.

All out of darkness we have light
Which made the angels sing this night;
All out of darkness we have light
Which made the angels sing this night;
“Glory to God and peace to men
Now and forevermore. Amen.”

Joy to the world (Antioch)

Lyrics

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Saviour reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Antioch
  • Meter: CM
  • Style: Baroque, Carol
  • Composer: Georg Friderich Händel (1685 – 1759) adapted by Lowell Mason (1792 – 1872)
  • Arranger and descant by: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748)
  • Church Year: Christmas, Easter
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain. Arrangement Copyright © 2013 Richard M S Irwin
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Infant holy, infant lowly (Wzlobie Lezy)

Lyrics

Infant holy, infant lowly,
For His bed a cattle stall;
Oxen lowing, little knowing
Christ, the babe, is Lord of all.
Swift are winging, angels singing,
Noels ringing, tidings bringing:
Christ the babe is Lord of all.

Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping
Vigil till the morning new
Saw the glory, heard the story,
Tidings of a gospel true.
Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow,
Praises voicing greet the morrow:
Christ the babe was born for you.

Recording

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Wzlobie Lezy
  • Meter: 87 87 88 77
  • Style: Traditional Polish, Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Lyricist: Unknown traditional Polish
  • Translator: Edith Margaret Gellibrand Redd (1885 – 1933)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
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In the bleak mid-winter (Cranham) – Organ

Carol – In the bleak mid-winter – Lyrics

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for him, whom cherubim worship night and day,
A breastful of milk, and a manger full of hay:
Enough for him, whom angels fall down before,
The ox and as and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: Cranham
  • Meter: Irregular
  • Style: Victorian, Carol
  • Composer: Gustav Theodore Holst (1874 – 1934)
  • Lyricist: Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

 

In dulci jublio

Carol – In dulci jubilo – Lyrics

English/Latin German
In dulci jubilo
Now sing with hearts aglow!
Our delight and pleasure
Lies in preasepio,
Like sunshine is our treasure
Patris in gremio.
Alpha es et O!
Alpha es et O!

O Jesu parvule,
To the I sing alway;
Comfort my heart’s blindness,
O puer optime,
With all thy loving kindness,
O princeps gloriae.
Trahe me post te!
Trahe me post te!

O patris caritas!
O Nati lenitas!
Deeply were we stainèd
Per nostra criminal;
But thou for us hast gainèd
Coelorum gaudia.
Oh that we were there!
Oh that we were there!

Ubi sunt gaudia
In any place but there?
There are angels singing
Nova cantica,
And there the bells are ringing
In Regis curia.
Oh that we were there!
Oh that we were there!

In dulci jubilo,
nun singet und seid froh!
Unsers Herzens Wonne
leit in præsepio
und leuchtet als die Sonne
matris in gremio.
Alpha es et O.
Alpha es et O.

O Jesu parvule,
nach dir ist mir so weh.
Tröst mir mein Gemüte,
o puer optime;
durch alle deine Güte,
o princeps gloriae,
trahe me post te,
trahe me post te.

Ubi sunt gaudia?
Nirgend mehr denn da,
da die Engel singen
nova cantica
und die Schellen klingen
in regis curia.
Eia, wärn wir da!
Eia, wärn wir da!

O pater caritas
o mater lenitas
wir waren gar verdorben
per nostra crimina:
So hast du uns erworben
coelorum gaudia.
Maria, hilf uns da!
Maria, hilf uns da!

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 2
  • Tune: In Dulci jubilo
  • Meter: 66 77 78 55
  • Style: Traditional German, 14th Century, Carol, Mediaeval
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown Melody from Melchior Vulpus’ Gesangbuch (1609)
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Unknown
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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