From Advent to Epiphany Vol. 1

From Advent to Epiphany Vol 1, traditional hymns and carols for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany with descants for use by choirs and congregations.

  • A great and mighty wonder (Es ist ein Ros entsprungen) – Organ & Trumpet Descant Lyrics A great and mighty wonder. A full and holy cure: The Virgin bears the Infant With virgin honour pure! Repeat the hymn again: To God on high be glory And peace on earth to men! The Word becomes incarnate And yet remains on high, And cherubim sing anthems To shepherds from the sky. Repeat the hymn again: To God on high be glory And peace on earth to ...
  • All hail and welcome, holy child (Luinneach) – Flute and Harp Lyrics Recording Another version with violin is available. Details Album: Tune: Luinneach Meter: 87 87 Style: Traditional Irish / Gaelic / Celtic, Carol Church Year: Christmas Composer: Unknown Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin Lyricist: Adoh Mac Cathmhaoil (1571 – 1626) Translator: George Otto Simms (1910 – 1991) Music Copyright Public Domain Lyrics Copyright © Oxford University Press Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.
  • Behold, the great Creator (Kilmarnock) – Organ Lyrics Behold the great Creator makes Himself a house of clay, A robe of virgin flesh He takes Which He will wear for ay. Hark, hark, the wise eternal Word, Like a weak infant cries! In form of servant is the Lord, And God in cradles lies. This wonder struck the world amazed, It shook the starry frame; Squadrons of spirits stood and gazed, Then down in ...
  • Come, they told me (Little Drummer Boy) Lyrics Recordings Video https://www.youtube.com/embed/x6Y8stTeZ9g Details Album:  Tune: The little drummer boy Meter: Irregular Style: Carol Church Year: Christmas Composer: Katherine Kennicott Davis (1892 – 1980) – arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin (b. 1955) Lyricist: Katherine Kennicott Davis (1892 – 1980) Music and Lyrics Copyright © 1941 EMI Mills Music Inc./Delaware Music Corp, USA Performance Copyright © 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
  • Come, thou long expected Jesus (Cross of Jesus) Album:  Tune: Cross of Jesus Meter: 87 87 Style: Victorian Hymn Composer: John Stainer (1840 – 1901) Lyricist: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788) Church Year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain. Performance Copyright ℗ 2016 Richard M S Irwin, Certain rights reserved. Recordings   https://www.youtube.com/embed/OdlMFp3qM_M Hymn – Come, Thou long expected Jesus -Lyrics Come, Thou long expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free; From our fears ...
  • Crown Him with many crowns (Diadematar) Lyrics Crown Him with many crowns, The Lamb upon His throne, Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns All music but its own. Awake, my soul, and sing Of Him who died for thee, And Hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity. Crown Him the Virgin’s Son, The God incarnate born, Whose arm those crimson trophies won Fruit of the mystic Rose, As of the Rose the ...
  • For Mary, mother of our Lord (St Botolph) Lyrics Recordings See also For Mary, mother of our Lord (Kilmarnock) https://www.youtube.com/embed/Risoo83BBho Details Album:  Tune: St Botolph Meter: CM Style: Mid 20th Century Style: Carol Composer: Gordon Archbold Slater (1896 – 1979) Lyricist: John Raphael Peacey (1896 – 1971) Church Year: Advent / Church Year: Christmas Music Copyright © Oxford University Press. Lyrics Copyright © Revd. Mary J. Hancock. Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.
  • Hark! a herald voice is calling (Merton) Lyrics 1. Hark! a herald voice is calling: ‘Christ is nigh,’ it seems to say; ‘Cast away the dreams of darkness, O ye children of the day!’ 2. Startled at the solemn warning, Let the earth-bound soul arise; Christ, her Sun, all sloth dispelling, Shines upon the morning skies. 3. Lo! the Lamb, so long expected, Comes with pardon down from heaven; Let us haste, with ...
  • 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 riseJoin 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Little Donkey Lyrics Recording Video https://www.youtube.com/embed/2R1tiPEcWhI Details Album: Tune: Little Donkey Meter: 85 85 and Refrain Style: Carol Composer: Eric Boswell (1921 – 2009) Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin Lyricist: Eric Boswell (1921 – 2009) Church Year: Christmas Music and Lyrics Copyright Music © 1959 Eric Boswell (1921 – 2009) Performance Copyright © 2013 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.
  • Long ago, prophets knew (Personent hodie – Theodoric) Lyrics Recordings Details Album: Tune: Personent hodie (Theodoric) Meter: 666 66 and Refrain Style: Renaissance, Carol Composer: Unknown published in Hymnal: Pies Cantiones (1582) arranged Richard M S Irwin. Lyricist: Fred Pratt Green (1903 – 2000) Church Year: Christmas, Epiphany Music Copyright Public Domain Lyrics Copyright © 1971 Stainer & Bell Ltd Performance Copyright ℗ 2018 Richard M S Irwin. Certain 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 ...
  • O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni Emmanuel) – Organ Lyrics English 1. O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel. 2. O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan’s tyranny; From depths of hell Thy people save, And give them victory o’er the grave. Refrain 3. O come, Thou dayspring, come ...
  • On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s Cry (Winchester New) – Organ Lyrics On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry announces that the Lord is nigh; awake and hearken, for he brings glad tidings of the King of kings. Then cleansed be every breast from sin; make straight the way for God within, prepare we in our hearts a home where such a mighty Guest may come. For thou art our salvation, Lord, our refuge and our great ...
  • The advent of our King (Franconia) – Organ Lyrics 1. The advent of our King Our prayers must now employ, And we must hymns of welcome sing In strains of holy joy. 2. The everlasting Son Incarnate deigns to be; Himself a servant’s form puts on To set His servants free. 3. O Zion’s Daughter, rise To meet thy lowly King, Nor let thy faithless heart despise The peace He comes to bring. 4. As Judge, ...
  • The Angel Gabriel from heaven came (Birina Gaztettobat Zegoen) Lyrics The angel Gabriel from heaven came, With wings as drifted snow, with eyes as flame: “All hail to thee, O lowly maiden Mary, Most highly favoured lady.” Gloria! “For know a blessed mother thou shalt be, All generations laud and honour thee; Thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold, Most highly favoured lady.” Gloria! Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head; “To me ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ye watchers and ye holy ones (Lasst Uns Erfreuen) Lyrics Ye watchers and ye holy ones, Bright seraphs, cherubim, and thrones, Raise the glad strain, Alleluia! Cry out, dominions, princedoms, powers, Virtues, archangels, angels’ choirs, Alleluia! Alleluia! O higher than the cherubim, More glorious than the seraphim, Lead their praises, Alleluia! Thou Bearer of the eternal Word, Most gracious, magnify the Lord, Alleluia! Alleluia! Respond, ye souls in endless rest, Ye patriarchs and prophets blest, Alleluia! Alleluia! Ye holy Twelve, ...