The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Full of Gladness

Lętabundus

For the Purification or Annunciation

Words: Sequence from the Salisbury Gradual

Music: Sequence from the Salisbury Gradual

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

Source: John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore, eds., The Hymnal Noted, Parts 1 and II. (London & New York: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1851), Hymn #94 (or 89), pp. 184-185.

Isaiah xl., 9.--"O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up innto the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!"

 

I.
Full of gladness,
Let our faithful Choir be singing
Alleluia.
Monarchs' Monarch
From unspotted Maiden springing:
Alleluia.

II.
Him the Holy Virgin bore,
Wonderful and Counsellor,
Sun from star had spring:
Sun, that never knoweth night;
Star, for ever shining bright,
Ever glittering.

III.
As a star a ray most fair,
Thus the Virgin also bare,
Like in form, the child;
Nor the star by that its ray,
Nor the Virgin any way
By the Birth denied.

IV.
Now conforms the Cedar tall
To the hyssop of the wall
In our vale of tears:
He, God's Word and Essence, came
To assume our mortal frame,
And with man appears.

V.
Though Isaiah had foreshewn,
Though the Synagogue had known,
Yet the truth she will not own,
Still remaining blind:
If she do her prophets wrong,
If she will not hear their throng,
Still she may, in Gentile song,
Seek the deed, and find.

VI.
Turn Judea, and repent:
Credit thine Old Testament:
Why upon destruction bent,
Miserable race?
Whom its oracles foretold,
Born to save the world behold;
Him a Virgin's arms enfold,
Full of truth and grace.
I.
Lętabundus,
Exultet fidelis chorus:
Alleluia.
Regem Regum
Intactę profudit thorus:
Res miranda.

II.
Angelus consilii
Natus eat de Virgine,
Sol de stella;
Sol occasum nesciens,
Stella semper rutilans,
Semper clara.

III.
Sicut sidus radium,
Profert Virgo Filium
Pari forma.
Neque sidus radio,
Neque Mater Filio
Fit corrupta.

IV.
Cedrus alta Libano
Conformatur hyssopo
Valle nostra.
Verbum Ens Altissimi
Corporari passum est
Carne sumpta.

V.
Esaias cecinit,
Synagoga meminit,
Nunquam tamen desinit
Esse cęca.
Si non suis vatibus,
Credat vel gentilibus
Sybillinis versibus
Hęc prędicta.

VI.
Infelix propera:
Crede vel vetera:
Cur damnaberis,
Gens misera?
Quem docet litera
Natum considera;
Ipsum genuit puerpera. Amen.
 

 

Sheet Music from John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore, eds., The Hymnal Noted, Parts 1 and II. (London & New York: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1851), Hymn #94 (or 89), pp. 184-185.

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Sheet Music from Thomas Helmore, ed., Accompanying Harmonies to the Hymnal Noted (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1852), pp. 307-311.

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And see Be The Tidings from John Mason Neale, Medięval Hymns (1851), pp. 49-51.

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