O praise ye the Lord (Laudate Dominum – Parry) – Organ

Lyrics

O praise ye the Lord! praise Him in the height;
Rejoice in His Word, ye angels of light;
Ye heavens, adore Him by Whom ye were made,
And worship before Him in brightness arrayed.

O praise ye the Lord! Praise Him upon earth,
In tuneful accord, ye sons of new birth;
Praise Him Who hath brought you His grace from above,
Praise Him Who hath taught you to sing of His love.

O praise ye the Lord! All things that give sound;
Each jubilant chord re-echo around;
Loud organs, His glory forth tell in deep tone,
And sweet harp, the story of what He hath done.

O praise ye the Lord! Thanksgiving and song
To Him be outpoured all ages along!
For love in creation, for Heaven restored,
For grace of salvation, O praise ye the Lord!

Recordings

 
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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Laudate Dominum – Parry
  • Meter: 10 10 11 11
  • Verses: 4
  • Style: Victorian Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848 – 1918)
  • Lyricist: Henry Williams Baker (1821 – 1877)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Ye holy angels bright (Darwall’s 149th) – Organ and Trumpet Descant

Lyrics

1. Ye holy angels bright,
Who stand at God’s right hand,
Or through the realms of light
Fly at you Lord’s command,
Assist our song, or else the theme
Too high doth seem for mortal tongue.

2. Ye blessèd souls at rest,
Who ran this heavenly race,
An now, from sin released,
Behold the Saviour’s face,
God’s praises sound, as in His sight
With sweet delight you do abound.

3. Ye saints, who toil below,
Adore your heavenly King,
And onward as ye go
Some joyful anthem sing;
Take what He gives and praise Him still,
Through good or ill, Who ever lives!

4. My soul, bear thou thy part,
Triumph in God above,
And with a well-tuned heart
Sing thou the songs of love;
Let all my days till life shall end,
Whate’er he send be filled with praise.

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Darwall’s 149th
  • Meter: 66 66 44 44
  • Style: Victorian Carol
  • Composer: John Darwall (1731 – 1789)
  • Harmonised by : William Henry Monk (1823 – 1889)
  • Lyricists: Richard Baxter (1615 – 1691) and John Hampden Gurney (1802 – 1862)
  • Church Year: General, All Saints, Christmas, Weddings
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

What Child is this (Greensleeves) – Guitar and Flute

Lyrics

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Greensleeves
  • Meter: 87 87 68 67
  • Verses: 3
  • Style: Traditional English Folk Tune, Carol, Renaissance
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Composer: Henry VIII, King of England (1491 – 1547)
  • Arranger: Richard M S Irwin
  • Lyricist: William Chatterton Dix (1837 – 1898)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

We three kings (Kings of Orient) – Chamber Ensemble

Lyrics

We three kings of Orient are,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder Star.
Refrain
O, star of wonder, star of might,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to the perfect light.

Born a babe on Bethlehem’s plain;
Gold we bring to crown Him again;
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign. Refrain

Frankincense to offer have I;
Incense owns a Deity nigh;
Prayer and praising, all men raising,
Worship Him, God on High. Refrain

Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb. Refrain

Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God and sacrifice,
Heaven sings, “Hallelujah!”
Hallelujah!” Earth replies. Refrain

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Kings of Orient
  • Meter: 86 86 and Refrain
  • Style: Victorian Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Composer: John Henry Hopkins (1820 – 1891)
  • Lyricist: John Henry Hopkins (1820 – 1891)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

The Virgin Mary had a baby boy – Steel Band

Lyrics

The Virgin Mary had a baby boy
The Virgin Mary had a baby boy
The Virgin Mary had a baby boy
And they say that His name is Jesus.

Refrain:
He came from the glory
He came from the glorious kingdom
He came from the glory
He came from the glorious kingdom
Oh yes, believer!
Oh yes, believer!
He came from the glory
He came from the glorious kingdom.

The angels sang when the baby was born
The angels sang when the baby was born
The angels sang when the baby was born
And proclaimed Him the Saviour, Jesus. Refrain:

The wise men saw where the baby was born
The wise men saw where the baby was born
The wise men saw where the baby was born
And they said that His name was Jesus. Refrain:

Recordings

 
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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Meter: 10 10 10 8 and Refrain
  • Style: Carol, Traditional Caribbean
  • Verses: 3 and Refrain
  • Composer: Unknown arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Unknown
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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Of the Father’s love begotten (Corde Natus – Divinum Mysterium)

Carol – Of the Father’s love begotten – Lyrics

English

Of the Father’s love begotten,
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the Source, the Ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see
Evermore and evermore.

At His Word the worlds were framèd;
He commanded; it was done:
Heaven and earth and depths of ocean
In their threefold order one;
All that grows beneath the shining
Of the moon and burning sun,
Evermore and evermore!

Oh, that birth forever blessed,
When the Virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bare the Saviour of our race,
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face
Evermore and evermore.

O ye heights of heaven, adore Him;
Angel hosts, His praises sing;
Powers, dominions, bow before Him
And extol our God and King.
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Every voice in concert ring
Evermore and evermore.

Christ, to Thee with God the Father,
And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,
Hymn and chant with high thanksgiving,
And unwearied praises be:
Honour, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory,
Evermore and evermore!

Latin

Corde natus ex parentis
Ante mundi exordium
A et O cognominatus,
ipse fons et clausula
Omnium quae sunt, fuerunt,
quaeque post futura sunt.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Ipse iussit et creata,
dixit ipse et facta sunt,
Terra, caelum, fossa ponti,
trina rerum machina,
Quaeque in his vigent sub alto
solis et lunae globo.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Corporis formam caduci,
membra morti obnoxia
Induit, ne gens periret
primoplasti ex germine,
Merserat quem lex profundo
noxialis tartaro.
Saeculorum saeculis.

O beatus ortus ille,
virgo cum puerpera
Edidit nostram salutem,
feta Sancto Spiritu,
Et puer redemptor orbis
os sacratum protulit.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Psallat altitudo caeli,
psallite omnes angeli,
Quidquid est virtutis usquam
psallat in laudem Dei,
Nulla linguarum silescat,
vox et omnis consonet.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Ecce, quem vates vetustis
concinebant saeculis,
Quem prophetarum fideles
paginae spoponderant,
Emicat promissus olim;
cuncta conlaudent eum.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Macte iudex mortuorum,
macte rex viventium,
Dexter in Parentis arce
qui cluis virtutibus,
Omnium venturus inde
iustus ultor criminum.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Te senes et te iuventus,
parvulorum te chorus,
Turba matrum, virginumque,
simplices puellulae,
Voce concordes pudicis
perstrepant concentibus.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Tibi, Christe, sit cum Patre
hagioque Pneumate
Hymnus, decus, laus perennis,
gratiarum actio,
Honor, virtus, victoria,
regnum aeternaliter.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Recordings

 
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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Corde Natus (Divinum Mysterium)
  • Meter: 87 87 87 7
  • Style: Plainchant, Carol
  • Composer: Unknown 13th Century Plainsong
  • Original arranger: Theodoricus Petrus and published in Hymnal: Pies Cantiones (1582).
  • This arrangement: Richard M S Irwin
  • Lyricist: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348 – 413)
  • Translator: John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (Was Lebet) – Organ

Lyrics

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before him, his glory proclaim;
with gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
kneel and adore him: the Lord is his Name!

Low at his feet lay thy burden of carefulness,
high on his heart he will bear it for thee,
and comfort thy sorrows, and answer thy prayerfulness,
guiding thy steps as may best for thee be.

Fear not to enter his courts in the slenderness
of the poor wealth thou wouldst reckon as thine;
for truth in its beauty, and love in its tenderness,
these are the offerings to lay on his shrine.

These, though we bring them in trembling and fearfulness,
he will accept for the Name that is dear;
mornings of joy give for evenings of tearfulness,
trust for our trembling and hope for our fear.

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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Was Lebet
  • Meter: 13 10 13 10
  • Verses: 4
  • Style: Baroque Carol
  • Composer: Unknown Melody from the Hymnal: Rheinhardt Manuscript, Published Üttingen (1678 – 1727)
  • Lyricist: John Samuel Bewley Monsell (1811 – 1875)
  • Church Year: Epiphany, General
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

 

O little town of Bethlehem (Forest Green) – Organ

Lyrics

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary;
And gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love;
O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King,
And Peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently,
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may his His coming;
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in,
Be born to us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell:
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel.

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Forest Green with Descant
  • Meter: DCM
  • Verses 4
  • Style: Carol
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Original arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958).
  • This recording arranger: Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Phillips Brooks (1835 – 1893)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Mary had a baby (7 – Verses) – Big Band

Lyrics

1. Mary had a baby, oh, Lord,
Mary had a baby, oh my Lord,
Mary had a baby, oh Lord,
People keep a-comin’ an’ the train done gone.

2. What did she name him? oh, Lord,
What did she name him? oh my Lord,
What did she name him? oh Lord,
People keep a-comin’ an’ the train done gone.

3. She named him Jesus, oh, Lord,
She named him Jesus, oh my Lord,
She named him Jesus, oh Lord,
People keep a-comin’ an’ the train done gone.

4. Where was he born? yes, oh, Lord,
Where was he born? yes, oh my Lord,
Where was he born? yes, oh, Lord
People keep a-comin’ an’ the train done gone.

5. Born in a stable, oh, Lord,
Born in a stable, oh my Lord,
Born in a stable, oh Lord,
People keep a-comin’ an’ the train done gone.

6. Where did she lay him? oh, Lord,
Where did she lay him? oh my Lord,
Where did she lay him? oh, Lord
People keep a-comin’ an’ the train done gone.

7. She laid him in a manger, oh, Lord,
Laid him in a manger, oh my Lord,
Laid him in a manger, oh Lord,
People keep a-comin’ an’ the train done gone.

Recordings

 
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Details

  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Mary had a baby
  • Verses: 7
  • Style: Spiritual Carol, Traditional Caribbean
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Unknown traditional
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child (Coventry Carol) – Strings

Lyrics

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully, lillay.

O sisters too,
How may we do
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling,
For whom we do sing,
By by, lully lullay?

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully, lillay.

Herod, the king,
In his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might,
In his own sight,
All young children to slay.

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully, lillay.

That woe is me,
Poor child for thee!
And ever morn and day,
For thy parting
Neither say nor sing
By by, lully lullay!

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child,
By by, lully, lillay.

Recordings

 
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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Coventry Carol
  • Meter: 76 76 676
  • Style: Mediaeval Carol
  • Composer: Unknown
  • Arranger Richard Irwin based upon arrangement Martin Shaw (1875 – 1958)
  • Lyrics from Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors (15th Century)
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.