Unto us a boy is born (Puer Nobis) – Organ and Trumpet Descant

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.

O come, all ye faithful (Adeste Fideles) – Organ/Trumpet Descant

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

*Before Christmas day sing
“Born on Christmas morning”

Lyrics – 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.

Score

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Details

  • 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.

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.

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

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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Recording


 
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Details

    • 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 ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
    • ISRC: UKTU21900063
    • UPC: 5060707370603

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God Is Working His Purpose Out (Benson) – Organ & Trumpet Descant

God Is Working His Purpose Out – Lyrics ~ 5 verses

Meter: 86 86 87 12 8 – see also God Is Working His Purpose Out (Benson) – Orchestra

God is working His purpose out
As year succeeds to year;
God is working his purpose out,
And the time is drawing near;
Nearer and nearer draws the time,
The time that shall surely be,
When the earth shall be filled
With the glory of God
As the waters cover the sea.

From utmost east to utmost west,
Where’er man’s foot hath trod,
By the mouth of many messengers
Goes forth the voice of God:
‘Give ear to Me, ye continents,
Ye isles, give ear to Me,’
That the earth may be filled
With the glory of God
As the waters cover the sea.

What can we do to work God’s work,
To prosper and increase
The brotherhood of all mankind,
The reign of the Prince of Peace?
What can we do to hasten the time,
The time that shall surely be,
When the earth shall be filled
With the glory of God
As the waters cover the sea.

March we forth in the strength of God,
With the banner of Christ unfurled,
That the light of the glorious Gospel of truth
May shine throughout the world;
Fight we the fight with sorrow and sin
To set their captives free,
That the earth may be filled
With the glory of God
As the waters cover the sea.

All we can do is nothing worth
Unless God blesses the deed;
Vainly we hope for the harvest-tide
Till God gives life to the seed;
Yet near and nearer draws the time,
The time that shall surely be,
When the earth shall be filled
With the glory of God
As the waters cover the sea.

Lyrics by Arthur Campbell Ainger (1841 – 1919). Public Domain

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  • Tune: Benson composed by Millicent D. Kingham (1866 – 1927). Public Domain.
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God Is Working His Purpose Out – Description

“God Is Working His Purpose Out” is a rousing hymn with words by Arthur Campbell Ainger (1841 – 1919), an English lyricist and schoolmaster at Eton College, which might explain much of its tone. It is set to the tune “Benson” by Millicent D. Kingham (1866 – 1927), a South African composer. Very piece much of its time, with its echos of militant missionaries at the peak of British Empire, this can very much be seen in the fourth verse:

March we forth in the strength of God,
With the banner of Christ unfurled,
That the light of the glorious Gospel of truth
May shine throughout the world;

Despite this “God Is Working His Purpose Out” still works today as an excellent congregational hymn, especially as a recessional. Arranged and performed in this recording for Orchestra by Richard Irwin.

Eternal Father Strong To Save (Melita) – Organ & Trumpet Descant

Lyrics ~ 4 verses

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked’st on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

Meter: 88 88 88. Lyrics by William Whiting (1825 – 1876). Public Domain

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Recordings

  • Tune: Melita composed by John Bacchus Dykes (1823 – 1876). Public Domain.
  • Performance ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin, All rights reserved. ISRC UKTU21900049

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Earth has many a noble city (Stuttgart) – Organ/Trumpet Descant

Lyrics

Earth has many a noble city;
Bethlehem, thou dost all excel;
Out of thee the Lord from Heaven
Came to rule His Israel.

Fairer than the sun at morning
Was the star that told His birth,
To the world its God announcing
Seen in fleshly form on earth.

Eastern sages at His cradle
Make oblations rich and rare;
See them give, in deep devotion,
Gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Sacred gifts of mystic meaning:
Incense doth their God disclose,
Gold the King of kings proclaimeth,
Myrrh His sepulchre foreshows.

Jesu, whom the Gentiles worshipped
At Thy glad Epiphany,
Unto Thee, with God the Father
And the Spirit, glory be.

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Stuttgart
  • Meter: 87 87
  • Style: Baroque Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas / Church Year: Epiphany
  • Composer: Unknown German melody arranger: Christian Friedrich Witt (c.1660 – 1716)
  • Lyricist: Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348 – c.413)
  • Translator: Edward Caswall (1814 – 1878)
  • 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 ~ 5 verses

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.

Lyrics by William Kethe (d. 1594) from Hymnal: Day’s Psalter (1560). Public Domain.

Recording

  • Tune: Old Hundredth, composer: Louis Bourgeois (c.1510 – c.1561) a tune from Hymnal: Genevan Psalter, (1551) created under the supervision of Publisher: John Calvin
  • Meter: LM
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2019 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved. ISRC  UKTU21900041

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