The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Faithful Chorus, Loud Exult

For Christmas

Words: LŠtabundus, A Sequence from an 11th Century Manuscript, with notes 
Erroneously attributed to S. Bernard of Clairvaux (died 1153)

Music: Not Stated

Compare: Faithful People (Terry, A Medieval Carol Book)

Source: Alfred Gurney, ed., Hymns from Ancient English Service Books Together With Sequences from Various Sources Reprinted from "The Antiphoner and Grail." (Privately Printed, 1882), pp. 7-8. The source for this song was "The Antiphoner and Grail," p. 6.

Faithful Chorus
Loud exult, with rapture singing,
Monarchs' Monarch,
Lo! from womb unsullied springing,
                        Matchless wonder!

Angel of the Counsel, here,
Sun from star, He doth appear,
                        Born of Maiden:
He, a Sun Who knows no night,
She, a star whose paler light
                        Shineth ever.

As a star its kindred ray,
Mary doth her Child display,
                        Like in nature:
Still undimmed the star shines on,
And the Virgin bears a Son,
                        Pure as ever.

Lebanon's tall cedar now
Hyssop-like in vale to bow
To our vale of sorrow came
Word of God in mortal frame,
                        Born incarnate.

Though Esaias had foreshewn,
Though the synagogue had known,
Yet the truth she will not own
                        Blind remaining:
If her prophets speak in vain,
Let her heed a Gentile strain,
And from mystic Sibyl gain
                        Light in darkness.

No longer then delay,
Doubt not what legends say,
Why be cast away,
                        A race forlorn ?
Turn and this Child behold-
That very Son, of old
In God's writ foretold,
                        A Maid hath borne.

Editor's Note:

Originally printed in The Hymner Containing Translations of the Hymns from the Sarum Breviary (London: Plainsong & Medieval Music Society, 1882).

According to Dr. John Julian, this version was based upon a version by Rev. John Mason Neale that originally appeared in the Hymnal Noted; see Full of Gladness, Let Our Faithful Choir.

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