At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (Salzburg) – Organ and Descant

Lyrics

1. At the Lamb’s high feast we sing
praise to our victorious King,
who has washed us in the tide
flowing from his pierced side;
praise we him whose love divine
gives his sacred blood for wine,
gives his body for the feast,
Christ the victim, Christ the priest.

2. Where the paschal blood is poured,
death’s dark angel sheathes his sword;
Israel’s hosts triumphant go
through the wave that drowns the foe.
Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed,
paschal victim, paschal bread;
with sincerity and love
eat we manna from above.

3. Mighty victim from the sky,
pow’rs of hell beneath thee lie;
death is conquered in the fight,
thou hast brought us life and light:
hymns of glory and of praise,
risen Lord, to thee we raise;
holy Father, praise to thee,
with the Spirit, ever be.

4. Easter triumph, Easter joy,
nothing now can this destroy;
from sin’s pow’r do thou set free
souls new-born, O Lord, in thee.
Hymns of glory and of praise,
risen Lord, to thee we raise;
holy Father, praise to thee,
with the Spirit, ever be.

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  • Tune: Salzburg
  • Meter: 77 77 D
  • Style: Baroque
  • Composer: Jacob Hintze (1622 – 1702) harmonised by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
  • Lyricist: Unknown ‘Ad regias Agni dapes’ (7th Century) translated by Robert Campbell (1814 – 1868)
  • Church Year: Easter
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

Popular Christmas Descants – For Practice

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Hark the herald angels sing

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It came upon a midnight clear

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O come all ye faithful

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O Little town of Bethlehem

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Once in royal David’s city

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While shepherds watch their flocks

 

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Rejoice, the Lord is King (Darwell’s 148th) – 5 Verse version for Brass Band

By special request of Rev’d Dr Jules Gomes BA BD MTh PhD (Cantab), Pastor
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Hymn – Rejoice, the Lord is King – Lyrics

Rejoice, the Lord is King! your Lord and King adore;
mortals give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Jesus, the saviour, reigns, the God of truth and love;
when he had purged our stains he took his seat above;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

His kingdom cannot fail, he rules both earth and heaven,
the keys of death and hell are to our Jesus given;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

He sits at God’s right hand till all his foes submit,
and bow to his command, and fall beneath his feet:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

Rejoice in glorious hope! Jesus the Judge shall come,
and take his servants up to their eternal home.
We soon shall hear the archangel’s voice;
God’s trumpet call shall sound, rejoice!

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  • Tune: Darwell’s 148th
  • Meter: 66 66 88
  • Verses: 4
  • Lyricist: Charles Wesley (1707–1788)
  • Style: Classical with Trumpet Descant
  • Church Year: Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, General
  • Composer: John Darwall (1731–1789).
  • Arrangement and Descant Copyright © 2017 Richard M S Irwin (b.1950). Certain Rights Reserved.
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance ℗ 2017 Richard M S Irwin. Certain Rights Reserved

O little town of Bethlehem (Forest Green)

  • 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.

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Carol – O little town of Bethlehem – 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.

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
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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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!”

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
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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.

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  • 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.

Hark! the herald angels sing (Mendelssohn) – Organ and Trumpet Descant

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Carol – Hark! the herald angels sing – Lyrics

Hark! the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies,
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest heav’n adored,
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come,
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb!
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings;
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 1
  • Tune: Mendelssohn
  • Meter: DCM
  • Style: Victorian Carol Style: Carol
  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) adapted by William Hayman Cummings (1831 – 1915)
  • Lyricist: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788) and others
  • Church Year: Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright  ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

All people that on earth do dwell (Old Hundredth) – Organ and Descant

Lyrics

1. All people that on earth do dwell,
Sing to the Lord with cheerful voice.
Him serve with fear, His praise forth tell;
Come ye before Him and rejoice.

2. The Lord, ye know, is God indeed;
Without our aid He did us make;
We are His folk, He doth us feed,
And for His sheep He doth us take.

3. O enter then His gates with praise;
Approach with joy His courts unto;
Praise, laud, and bless His Name always,
For it is seemly so to do.

4. For why? the Lord our God is good;
His mercy is for ever sure;
His truth at all times firmly stood,
And shall from age to age endure.

5. To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
The God Whom Heaven and earth adore,
From men and from the angel host
Be praise and glory evermore.

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  • Tune: Old Hundredth
  • Meter: LM
  • Style: Reformation German
  • Composer: Louis Bourgeois (c.1510 – c.1561) a tune from Hymnal: Genevan Psalter, (1551) created under the supervision of Publisher: John Calvin
  • Lyricist: William Kethe (d. 1594) from Hymnal: Day’s Psalter (1560)
  • Church Year: General
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
  • ISRC: UKTU21900041
  • UPC: 5060707370375