The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The King's Birthday

For Christmas

Alternate Titles:
"Awake, Glad Heart! Get Up And Sing!"
"Christ's Nativity"

Words: Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), Silex Scintillans: or Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations. (1650), pp. 61-63.
Compare:
Awake, Glad Heart! Get Up and Sing! (Vaughan)

Christ's Nativity (Rickert)

Music: Richard R. Terry
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Richard R. Terry, Twelve Christmas Carols (London: J. Curwen & Sons, Ltd., 1912), p. 10.
Rev. Terry reproduces three of the original five verses, and adds the refrain.

1. Awake, glad heart! get up and sing!
It is the birthday of thy King:
     Awake! Awake!
     The sun doth shake.
Light from his locks, and all the way
Breathing perfumes, doth spice the day.
          Awake! Awake!
          Awake Glad heart, get up and sing!

2. Awake! awake! hark how th'wood rings,
Winds whisper, and the busy springs
     A concert make;
     Awake! awake!
Man is their high priest, and should rise
To offer up the sacrifice.
          Awake! awake!
          Glad heart, get up and sing!

3. I would I were some bird of star,
Flutt'ring in woods, or lifted far
     Above this inn
     And road of sin!
Then either star or bird should be
Shining or singing still to thee.
          Awake! awake!
          Glad heart, get up and sing!

Sheet Music from Richard R. Terry, Twelve Christmas Carols (London: J. Curwen & Sons, Ltd., 1912), p. 10.

Note:

This is an excerpt from Part One of a longer poem, in two parts. See: Vaughan, Awake, Glad Heart! Get Up and Sing! Part Two begins "How kind is heav'n to man !" This poem was published in Part I of Silex Scintillans: or Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations (1650). Part I was published in 1650; Part II was published in 1655, together with Part I.

Vaughan was known as “The Silurist.” The name "Silurist" refers to the Silures, a Celtic tribe of pre-Roman south Wales that strongly resisted the Romans according to the Wikipedia article, Henry Vaughan (Wikipedia contributors. "Henry Vaughan." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 24 Mar. 2018. Web. 15 Apr. 2018.).

Rev. Terry has a page at the Choral Public Domain Library (Richard R. Terry), which contains the arrangements of two of his compositions:

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