17 Dec 2017

Hymns on Sunday, 17 December 2017

From Hymns On Sunday, 7:30 am on 17 December 2017

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

The Annunciation (detail) - Leonardo da Vinci

The Annunciation (detail) - Leonardo da Vinci Photo: Wikimedia Commons

For the third Sunday in Advent, we've carols and hymns from all around the world including Shirley Murray's Child of Christmas Story, the American carol O little town of Bethlehem, and The Huron Carol from Canada.

SONG: ES IST EIN ROSE ENTSPRUNGEN

Artist: Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Grete Pedersen (dir)
Words/Music: Anon trans P Hognestad/Anon harm Praetorius
Recording: BIS SACD 2029

[Translation by Henry Baker]

Lo, how a rose e'er blooming,
From tender stem hath sprung.
Of Jesse’s lineage coming,
As men of old have sung;
It came, a flow'ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah t’was foretold it,
The Rose I have in mind,
With Mary we behold it,
The virgin mother kind;
To show God's love aright,
She bore to men a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

O Flower, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispel with glorious splendour
The darkness everywhere;
True man, yet very God,
From Sin and death now save us,
And share our every load.

SONG: O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM

Artist: Haydn and Handel Society, Harry Christophers (dir)
Words/Music: Brooks/Redner
Recording: Coro COR 16117

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 hear 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

SONG: ANGELS’ CAROL

Artist: Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia, John Rutter (dir)
Words/Music: Rutter/Rutter
Recording: Collegium 880111

Lyrics not available

SONG: ‘TWAS IN THE MOON OF WINTERTIME (HURON CAROL)

Artist: Cambridge Singers, John Rutter (dir)
Words/Music: De Brébeuf/Trad
Recording: Collegium 880111

‘Twas in the moon of winter-time
When all the birds had fled,
That mighty Gitchi Manitou
Sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim,
And wandering hunters heard the hymn:
"Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria."

Within a lodge of broken bark
The tender Babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
Enwrapp'd His beauty round;
But as the hunter braves drew nigh,
The angel song rang loud and high...
"Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria."

The earliest moon of wintertime
Is not so round and fair
As was the ring of glory
On the helpless infant there.
The chiefs from far before him knelt
With gifts of fox and beaver pelt.
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.

O children of the forest free,
O sons of Manitou,
The Holy Child of earth and heaven
Is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant Boy
Who brings you beauty, peace and joy.
"Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria."

SONG: POHUTAKAWA CAROL

Artist: Whanganui Schola Sacra, Mark Leicester (dir)
Words/Music: Forsman/Mews
Recording: Private CD 161

Lyrics not available

SONG: WHENCE IS THAT GOODLY FRAGRANCE

Artist: Graduate Choir, Terence Maskell (dir), Pene Pati (tenor solo), Philip Smith (organ)
Words/Music: Trad trans Ramsay/Trad arr Willcocks
Recording: Atoll ACD207

Whence is the goodly fragrance flowing,
Stealing our senses all away,
never the like did come a-blowing,
Shepherds, in flow'ry fields of May,
Whence is that goodly fragrance flowing,
Stealing our senses all away.

What is that light so brilliant, breaking
Here in the night across our eyes.
Never so bright, the day-star waking,
Started to climb the morning skies!
What is that light so brilliant, breaking,
Here in the night across our eyes.

Bethlehem! there in manger lying,
Find your Redeemer haste away,
Run ye with eager footsteps vieing!
Worship the Saviour born today.
Bethlehem! there in manger lying,
Find your Redeemer haste away.

SONG: CHILD OF CHRISTMAS STORY

Artist: Sings Harry
Words/Music: Murray/Madden
Recording: Atoll ACD207

Child of Christmas story,
stable straw and star,
small and sweet and gentle,
tell us who you are.

Child whose baby finger
round our own is curled,
come to melt our hearts,
and come to change the world.

Child of Jew and gentile,
child of white and black,
teach us how to love you,
teach us what we lack.

Child of Mary's courage,
birthed in human pain,
tell us what your name is,
be our hope again.

SONG: ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID’S CITY

Artist: Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, Malcolm Archer (dir), Huw Williams (organ)
Words/Music: Alexander/Gauntlett
Recording: Coro COR 16085

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 meek and lowly,
lived on earth our Savior holy.

Jesus is our childhood’s pattern;
day by day like us he grew;
he was little, weak and helpless;
tears and smiles like us he knew;
and he feels for all our sadness,
and he shares in all our gladness.

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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