Full of Gladness
For the Purification or Annunciation
A Sequence from the Salisbury Gradual, with notes and sheet music
Based on an an 11th Century Manuscript
Erroneously attributed to S. Bernard of Clairvaux (died 1153)
Translation by John Mason Neale
Music: Sequence from the Salisbury Gradual
Source: John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted, Parts 1 and II. (London & New York: Novello, Ewer and Co., 1851, 1856), Hymn #94 (Combined Edition #89), pp. 184-185.
Isaiah xl., 9. "O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into 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!"
3. As a star a ray most fair,
Thus the Virgin also bare,
Like in form, the Child ;
Nor the star by that its ray,
k Nor the Virgin any way
By the Birth defiled.
5. q Though Isaiah had foreshewn,
r Though the Synagogue had known,
s Yet the truth she will not own,
t Still remaining blind :
u If she do her prophets wrong,
If she will not hear their throng,
v Still she may, in Gentile song,
Seek the deed, and find.
6. w Turn, Judaea, and repent :
x Credit thine Old Testament :
y Why upon destruction bent,
z Miserable race ?
aa Whom its oracles foretold
bb Born to save the world behold ;
cc Him a Virgin's arms enfold,
dd Full of truth and grace.
Notes from The Words of the Hymnal Noted Complete With Scriptural References (London: J. A. Novello and J. Masters, no date, circa 1855), pp. 105-106.
a. Isaiah xl. 9. Return
b. Rev. xvii. 14. Return
c. S. Matt 1. 18. Return
d. Isaiah ix. 6. Return
e. Judges xiii. 18. Return
f. Wis. vii. 29. Num. xxiv. 17. Mal. iii. 14. Return
g. Isaiah lx. 20. Return
h. Rev. xxii. 16. Return
k. Cant. iv. 7. Return
l. Psalm civ. 16. 1 Kings iv. 33. Return
m. Psalm Ixxxiv. 6. Return
n. Heb. i. 3. Return
o. Heb. ii. 16. Return
p. Baruch iii. 37. Return
q. Isaiah vii. 14. Return
r. Acts xiii. 27. Return
s. Zech. vii. 11. Return
t. Rom. xi. 25. Return
u. S. Luke xxiv. 25. Return
v. Dan. iii. 25. S. John xi. 50, 51. Return
w. S. Luke xiii. 34. Return
x. S. John v. 46. Return
y. Ezek. xviii. 31. Return
z. S. John vii. 49. Return
aa. S. John i. 45. Return
bb. S. Matt. i. 21. Return
cc. S. Luke ii. 7. Return
dd. S. John i. 14. Return
Note from Thomas Helmore, Accompanying Harmonies to the Hymnal Noted. Part I (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., and Masters and Son, 1852), Part II (London: Novello and Co., Joseph Masters and J. T. Hayes, 1858), p. .
This celebrated Sequence of St. Bernard, the melody of which was popular all over Europe, was used by the Church of Sarum indifferently as a sequence or hymn.
Sheet Music from John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore, eds., 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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