Raise Your Voices, Faithful Choirs
For Christmas, Epiphany, Candlemas
Words: 11th Century Processional
Compare: Faithful People (Terry, A Medieval Carol Book)
Music: Sarum Service Book
Source: Hymn-Melodies for the Whole Year From the Sarum Service-Books and Other Ancient English Sources. (London: The Plainsong & Medieval Music Society, 1896, 1903), "Sequences for the Principal Days of the Year from the Sarum Gradual and Other Sources," LŠtabundus, Number ii.
Raise your voices,
Faithful choirs, with rapture singing,
Angel of the Counsel, here,
Sun from star He doth appear, born of Maiden:
As a star its kindred ray,
Mary doth her Child display,
Like in nature:
Lebanon's tall Cedar now
Hyssop-like, in vale to bow
Though Esaias has foreshown,
Though the Synagogue had known,
Yet the truth she will now own,
No longer then delay,
Doubt not what legends say,
Why be case away,
A race forlorn?
From a stainless Maiden springing,
He a Sun Who knows no night,
She a Star whose paler light
Still undimm'd the star shines on,
And the Virgin bears a Son,
Pure as ever.
To our vale of sorrow came
Word of God in mortal frame,
If her Prophets speak in vain,
Let her heed a Gentile strain,
And from mystic Sibyl gain
Light in darkness.
Turn & this Child behold,
That very Son of old
In God's Writ foretold
A Maid hath borne.
Hymn-Melodies for the Whole Year From the Sarum Service-Books and Other Ancient English Sources. (London: The Plainsong & Medieval Music Society, 1896), "Sequences for the Principal Days of the Year from the Sarum Gradual and Other Sources," LŠtabundus, Number ii and xxi-xxii.
Sheet Music from C.J. Ridsdale, The New Office Hymn Book.
Parts I and II. (London: Novello and Company, 1908). Part II.
The First Tune, on pp. 6-8: "Laetabundus." Modes vi. & v. transposed. Irregular. Sarum Gradual (Melody of xith or xiith Century).
The Second Tune, pp. 9-11: "Laetabundus." Irregular. Nicholas Gatty, B. Mus.
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