On this day Earth shall ring (Personent Hodie – Theodoric)

Hymn – On this day Earth shall ring – Lyrics

latin

1. Personent hodie
voces puerulae,
laudantes iucunde
qui nobis est natus,
summo Deo datus,
et de virgineo ventre procreatus.

2. In mundo nascitur,
pannis involvitur
praesepi ponitur
stabulo brutorum,
rector supernorum.
perdidit spolia princeps infernorum.

3. Magi tres venerunt,
parvulum inquirunt,
Bethlehem adeunt,
stellulam sequendo,
ipsum adorando,
aurum, thus, et myrrham ei offerendo.

4. Omnes clericuli,
pariter pueri,
cantent ut angeli:
advenisti mundo,
laudes tibi fundo.
ideo gloria in excelsis Deo.

English

1. On this day earth shall ring
with the song children sing
to the Lord, Christ our King,
born on earth to save us;
him the Father gave us.

Refrain
Sing to Christ our Lord, Sing to Christ our King,
Sing a loud: “Gloria in excelsis Deo!”

2. His the doom, ours the mirth;
when he came down to earth,
Bethlehem saw his birth;
ox and ass beside him
from the cold would hide him.

Refrain

3. God’s bright star, o’er his head,
Wise Men three to him led;
kneel they low by his bed,
lay their gifts before him,
praise him and adore him.

Refrain

4. On this day angels sing;
with their song earth shall ring,
praising Christ, heaven’s King,
born on earth to save us;
peace and love he gave us.

Refrain

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: Personent hodie (Theodoric)
  • Meter: 666 66 and Refrain
  • Style: Renaissance
  • Usage: Christmas, Epiphany
  • Composer: Unknown published in Pies Cantiones (1582) – arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin.
  • Lyricist: Unknown Personent hodie published in Pies Cantiones (1582)
  • Translator: Jane M. Joseph (1894-1929)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2008 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

The holly and the ivy – Small Ensemble

Lyrics

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.
Refrain
O, the rising of the sun,
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom,
As white as lily flow’r,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To be our dear Saviour. Refrain

The holly bears a berry,
As red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To do poor sinners good. Refrain

The holly bears a prickle,
As sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
On Christmas Day in the morn. Refrain

The holly bears a bark,
As bitter as the gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
For to redeem us all. Refrain

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown. Refrain

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: The holly and the ivy
  • Meter: Irregular
  • Style: Traditional Carol
  • Usage: Christmas
  • Composer: Unknown traditional English melody
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: Unknown traditional.
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
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I know a rose tree springing (Es is ein Ros entsprungen) – Organ

Lyrics

I know a rose tree springing
Forth from an ancient root,
As men of old we singing,
From Jesse came the shoot
That bore a blossom bright
Amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

This rose-tree, blossom laden,
Whereof Isaiah spake,
Is Mary, spotless maiden
Who mothered, for our sake,
The little Child, newborn,
By God’s eternal counsel,
On that first Christmas morn .

O Flow’r, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispel in glorious splendor
The darkness ev’rywhere;
True man, yet very God
From sin and death now save us
And share our ev’ry load.

Recordings

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Details

  • Tune: Es is ein Ros’ entsprungen
  • Meter: 76 76 676
  • Style: Traditional German, Carol
  • Composer: Michael Praetorius (1571 – 1621)
  • Lyricist: Frater Conradus from Hymnal: Gebetbuchlein des Frater Conradus 1582 or 1588
  • Translator: Unknown
  • Church Year: Advent, Christmas
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright © 2008 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.

German Original

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen,
aus einer Wurzel zart,
wie uns die Alten sungen,
von Jesse kam die Art
Und hat ein Blümlein bracht
mitten im kalten Winter,
wohl zu der halben Nacht.

Das Röslein, das ich meine,
davon Isaias sagt,
ist Maria die reine
die uns das Blümlein bracht.
Aus Gottes ew’gem Rat
hat sie ein Kind geboren
und blieb ein reine Magd.
or: Welches uns selig macht.

Das Blümelein, so kleine,
das duftet uns so süß,
mit seinem hellen Scheine
vertreibt’s die Finsternis.
Wahr Mensch und wahrer Gott,
hilft uns aus allem Leide,
rettet von Sünd und Tod.

 

 

O Holy Night (6 Verses) – Small Ensemble

Carol – O Holy Night – Lyrics

O holy night,
the Babe lies in the manger,
O holy night,
He sleeps there in the hay.

O holy night,
He’s watched by mother Mary;
O holy night,
He sleeps ’til break of day.

O holy night,
The star was brightly shining;
O holy night,
When angels sang their lay.

O holy night,
When shepherds came to worship!
O holy night,
In awe they came to pray.

O holy night,
The kings bowed low before Him;
O holy night,
The Babe smiles as they pray.

O holy night,
The brightest dawn is breaking,
O holy night,
When Jesus came to stay.

Recording

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Details

  • Tune: O holy night
  • Verses: 6
  • Meter: 47 46
  • Church Year: Chirstmas
  • Composer and Lyricist: Colin Gordon-Farleigh
  • Arranger: Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright © 2006 Colin Gordon-Farleigh
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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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Details

  • 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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Details

  • 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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Details

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

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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Details

  • 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 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.