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.

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  • 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
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The race that long in darkness pined (St Fulbert) – Organ

Lyrics

The race that long in darkness pined,
Have seen a glorious Light;
The people dwell in day, who dwelt
In death’s surrounding night.

To hail Thy rise, Thou better Sun,
The gathering nations come,
Joyous as when the reapers bear
The harvest treasures home.

To us a Child of Hope is born,
To us a Son is given,
Him shall the tribes of earth obey,
Him all the hosts of heaven.

His Name shall be the Prince of Peace,
Forevermore adored,
The Wonderful, the Counselor,
The great and mighty Lord.

His power increasing still shall spread,
His reign no end shall know:
Justice shall guard His throne above,
And peace abound below.

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  • Tune: St Fulbert
  • Meter: CM
  • Verses: 5
  • Church Year: Advent Carol
  • Composer: Henry John Gauntlett (1805 – 1876)
  • Lyricist: John Morrison (1750 – 1798) based on Isaiah 9.2 – 7
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright: Public Domain
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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.

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  • 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.
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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.

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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
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Little Jesus, sweetly sleep (Rocking)

Carol -- Little Jesus, sweetly sleep -- Lyrics

Little Jesus, sweetly sleep, do not stir
We will lend a coat of fur
We will rock you, rock you, rock you
We will rock you, rock you, rock you
See the fur to keep you warm
Snugly round your tiny form.

Mary’s little baby, sleep, sweetly sleep
Sleep in comfort, slumber deep
We will rock you, rock you, rock you
We will rock you, rock you, rock you
We will serve you all we can
Darling, darling little man.

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Rocking
  • Meter: 10 7 88 77
  • Verses: 2
  • Style: Traditional Czech Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown originally collected by Martin Shaw (1875 -- 1958)
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Unknown traditional Czech
  • Translator: Percy Dearmer (1867 -- 1936)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
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Jesus, name above all names

Lyrics

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Style: Popular
  • Church Year: Advent
  • Composer: Naida Hearn (1944 -- 2001)
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Naida Hearn (1944 -- 2001)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright © 1974 Scripture in Song/Maranatha!Music Administered by: CopyCare P.O. Box 77, Hailsham BN27 3EF UK [email protected]
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Jesus, good above all others (Quem pastores)

Lyrics

Jesus, good above all other,
Gentle Child of gentle mother,
In a stable born our Brother,
Give us grace to persevere.

Jesus, cradled in a manger,
For us facing every danger,
Living as a homeless Stranger,
Make we Thee our King most dear.

Jesus, for Thy people dying,
Risen Master, death defying,
Lord in Heav’n, Thy grace supplying,
Keep us by Thine altar near.

Jesus, Who our sorrows bearest,
All our thoughts and hopes Thou sharest,
Thou to man the truth declarest;
Help us all Thy truth to hear.

Lord, in all our doings guide us;
Pride and hate shall ne’er divide us;
We’ll go on with Thee beside us,
And with joy we’ll persevere!

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Quem pastores
  • Meter: 88 87
  • Verses: 5
  • Style: Carol
  • Composer: Unknown Harmonised by Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 -- 1958)
  • This version arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Percy Dearmer (1867 -- 1936) after Lyricist: John Mason Neale (1818 -- 1866)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

I saw three ships come sailing in

Carol – I saw three ships come sailing in – Lyrics

1. I saw three ships come sailing in,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
I saw three ships come sailing in,
On Christmas day in the morning.

2. And what was in those ships all three?
On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
And what was in those ships all three?
On Christmas day in the morning.

3. Our Saviour Christ and his lady
On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
Our Saviour Christ and his lady,
On Christmas day in the morning.

4. Pray whither sailed those ships all three?
On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
Pray whither sailed those ships all three?
On Christmas day in the morning.

5. Oh, they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
Oh, they sailed into Bethlehem,
On Christmas day in the morning.

6. And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
And all the bells on earth shall ring,
On Christmas day in the morning.

7. And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
On Christmas day in the morning.

8. And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
And all the souls on earth shall sing,
On Christmas day in the morning.

9. Then let us all rejoice, amen,
On Christmas day, on Christmas day,
Then let us all rejoice, amen,
On Christmas day in the morning.

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: I saw three ships
  • Meter: 88 88
  • Style: Traditional English Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Composer: Unknown Traditional English Melody from Hymnal: Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern (1833)
  • Adapted by arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955).
  • Lyricist: William Chatterton Dix (1837 – 1898)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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Leanabh an àigh (Bunessan)

Lyrics

Leanabh an àigh, an Leanabh aig Màiri
Rugadh san stàball, Rìgh nan Dùl;
Thàinig do’n fhàsach, dh’fhuiling ’n ar n-àite
Son’ iad an àireamh bhitheas dhà dlùth!

Ged a bhios leanabain aig rìghrean na talmhainn
An greadhnachas garbh is anabarr mùirn,
’S geàrr gus am falbh iad, ’s fasaidh iad anfhann,
An àilleachd ’s an dealbh a’ searg san ùir.

Cha b’ionann ’s an t-Uan thàinig gur fuasgladh
Iriosal, stuama ghluais e’n tùs;
E naomh gun truailleachd, Cruithfhear an t-sluaigh,
Dh’éirich e suas le buaidh o ùir.

Leanabh an àigh, mar dh’aithris na fàidhean;
’S na h-àinglean àrd’, b’e miann an sùl;
’S E ’s airidh air gràdh ’s air urram thoirt dhà
Sona an àireamh bhitheas dhà dlùth.

An English translation can be found here: Child in a manger

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  • Tune: Bunessan
  • Meter: 55 54 D
  • Style: Traditional Gaelic, Celtic, Scottish, Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown
  • arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Lyricist: Ma­ry M. Mac­don­ald (1789-1872)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved

 

Silent Night (Stille Nacht) – Small Ensemble

Lyrics -- English

Silent night, holy night.
All is calm, all is bright,
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child;
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night.
Shepherds quake at the sight,
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born,
Christ, the Saviour is born.

Silent night, holy night.
Son of God, love’s pure light,
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace:
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Lyrics -- German

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!
Alles schläft, einsam wacht
Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Hallelujah,
Tönt es laut von fern und nah,
Christ, der Retter ist da,
Christ, der Retter ist da!

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
Lieb aus Deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund,
Christ, in Deiner Geburt,
Christ, in Deiner Geburt!

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Details

  • Tune: Stille Nacht
  • Meter: Irregular
  • Style: Traditional German, Carol
  • Composer: Franz Grüber (1787 -- 1863)
  • Arrangement based on Grüber’s original guitar score: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin.
  • Lyricist: Joseph Francis Mohr (1792 -- 1848)
  • Translator: John Freeman Young (1820 -- 1885)
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2014 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.