The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Prince of Life

Words: English Traditional
Music by J. Coad.

Source: Ralph Dunstan, The Cornish Song Book (London: Reid Bros., Ltd., 1929), p. 106.

1. Come, let us lift our hearts and voice,
To Him who reigns above.
Let all in songs of praise rejoice,
And shout Redeeming Love.

2. Now may we cease to weep and mourn,
Good news is come from Heav'n;
For unto us a Child is born,
To us a Son is giv'n.

3. He is our Father and our Friend,
The Prince of Life and Peace;
And since His mercy knows no end,
His praise shall ever cease.

Sheet Music

Note from Dr. Dunstan:

Before the general introduction of Harmoniums and Organs -- when the Church orchestras were vogue, and music was characteristic -- the Instrumental Bass was a special feature of Carols, particularly in the West of England. Every players of a Bass Instrument -- if "worth his salt" -- could supply his own orchestral "part," and often play it with very fine effect. From some half dozen Instrumental Basses to the extremely popular "Prince of Life," which I possess in old MS. books, I have selected the one here given. In two or three places it is not quite in accordance with academic rule; but on the whole it follows the traditions of Bach and Handel. It was customary for the Instrumental Bass to be played on the Bassoons and 'Celli.

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