The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Let Us The Infant Greet

For Christmas

"Words Imitated from the German by the Rev. R. F. Littledale, M.A., LL.D."

Music: From a Melody provided by S. Smith, Then Arranged for Four Voices by Edmund Sedding

Source: Antient Carols for Christmas and Other Tides Arranged For Four Voices by Edmund Sedding. Second Edition. (London: Masters and Son, 1863), p. 4.

"O my deir hert, young JESUS sweit,
Prepare Thy craddill in my spreit,
And I sall rocke Thee in my hert,
And neuer moir from Thee depart."

1. Let us the Infant greet,
In worship before Him fall,
And let us pay Him homage meet,
On this His Festival.

2. Let us to the Infant sing,
And bring Him of gifts rich store,
Let us honour our Infant King!
With praise forevermore.

3. Let us to the Infant kneel,
And love Him with faithful love,
And let our joyous anthems peal,
For Him who reigns above.

4. Glad hymns in the Infant's laud,
Sing we to Him while we may,
In heaven, where He is throned as God,
Our service He will pay.

5. Be we to the Infant true,
While we are dwelling on mould,
And He will give us our wages due,
A crown of purest gold.

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Sheet music from Antient Carols for Christmas And Other Tides Arranged for Four Voices by Edmund Sedding. Second Edition. (London: Masters and Son, 1863), p. 4.

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Mr. Seddings noted in the Preface:

For the melody ... of No. II. to S. Smith, Esq., Organist and Director of the Quire at S. John's, Windsor. The latter is from a collection made in Herefordshire during Christmas, A.D. 1858, but has been of late knitted to such bald poverty-stricken verse that I was at no pains to dissolve the unmeet connection.

Sheet Music By S. Smith from Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #614.
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Editor's Note:

Mr. Sedding is referring to Samuel Smith (1821-1917), Born in Eton, Berkshire on 29 August 1821, died in Windsor, Berkshire on 1 January 1917, in his 96th year. At age 14, Smith became a chorister of the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace, where he studied under the organist, William Hawes. He was also a pupil of Sir George Elvey, organist of St. George's Chapel, succeeding him as conductor of the Windsor and Eton Choral Society. He first became an organist in 1846, coming to St. John the Baptist, Windsor, in 1861, where he served for 34 years, until his retirement in 1895. He composed a number of Psalms, anthems, hymns and songs, including "Ruth," which was first published in 1874. He taught music at Beaumont College, Old Windsor, from 1861 until 1903. One of his brothers, George Townshend Smith (1813-1877), was organist of Hereford Cathedral for thirty-four years. At the funeral, which took place on January 5, ten of the choristers of the Chapel Royal, St. James's, and the choir of Windsor Parish Church attended. Sources include Hymphreys and Evans, Dictionary of Composers for the Church in Great Britain and Ireland, p. 313, and the obituary published in The Musical Times, Volume 58, No. 889, March 1, 1917, page 117.

And as for "a collection made in Herefordshire during Christmas, A.D. 1858" there haven't been any sightings yet, but more and more libraries are being scanned every day. We'll keep looking.

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