The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Lord And King Of All Things

For St. Stephen's Day
Feast day of St. Stephan the First Martyr is December 26
Hymns to St Stephen

Words: Saint Anatolius, 5th Century
Translation: Rev. John Mason Neale, D.D., Hymns of the Eastern Church (1862)

Lyrics Source: George Radcliffe Woodward, ed., Songs of Syon (London: Schott & Co., Third Edition, 1908), #240

Music: Wohlauf, Thut Nicht Verzagen
B. Helder, 1585-1635
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF
Meter: 76 76 D

Music Source: Percy Dearmer, R. Vaughan Williams, et. al., eds., The English Hymnal. London: Oxford University Press, 1906. Carol 32, p. 56.

1. The Lord and King of all things
    But yesterday was born;
And Stephenís glorious offering
    His birth-tide shall adorn:
No pearls of orient splendour,
    No jewels can he show;
But with his own true heartís blood
    His shining vestments glow.

2. Come, ye that love the Martyrs,
    And pluck the flowírs of song,
And weave them in a garland
    For this our suppliant throng:
And cry, ďO thou that shinest
    In graceís brightest ray,
Christís valiant Protomartyr,
    For peace and favour pray!Ē

3. Thou first of all Confessors,
    Of all the Deacons crown,
Of every following athlete
    The glory and renown:
Make supplication, standing
    Before Christís royal throne,
That he would give the kingdom,
    And for our sins atone!

Sheet Music from Rev. John Mason Neale, D.D., Hymns of the Eastern Church. Fourth Edition. (London: J. T. Hayes, 1882), edited by Very Rev. Stephen Georgeson Hatherly, Mus. B., Archpriest of the Patriarchal ∆cumenical Throne.

Rev. Neale's note in the First Edition of Hymns of the Eastern Church:

In contrast with the above Stanzas, the reader may not be displeased to compare the celebrated sequence of Adam of S. Victor, Heri mundus exultavit; which has never yet, I believe, appeared in English [and he there includes the hymn Yesterday, With Exultation].

Omitted in the Second and Third Editions by Dr. Neale, it was restored in the Fourth Edition (1882), edited by the Very Rev. Stephen Georgeson Hatherly, Mus. B., Archpriest of the Patriarchal ∆cumenical Throne.

Editor's Note:

I was unable to get the lyrics and music to match as found in The English Hymnal (Hymn #32, p. 56, 1906), even after combining some syllables. My solution was to convert a dotted whole note in the ninth measure into a half note and a whole note ("a-dorn"). You may wish to make other arrangements to fit your needs. On the whole, however, I found the tune to be an awkward fit to the lyrics. Perhaps a skilled arranger can make appropriate adjustments.

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