The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Sighs and The Sorrows

For The Annunciation
"Morning Hymn for the Annunciation."

Words: Humani generis.
Translated by John Mason Neale

Music: From the melody "Nocte surgentes" in the Salisbury Hymnal.
Harmonized by Rev. H. L. Jenner, one of 3 music editors in Part II.

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale and Rev. Thomas Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted, Part I. (London: Novello & Co., 1852), Part II (London: Novello & Co., 1856), #96 (#91 in the Combined Edition), pp. 109-110.

Psalm xxx., 5. " His wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye, and in his pleasure is life : heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

1. a The sighs and the sorrows
    Of this world may cease ;
b This happy day bringeth
    Glad tidings of peace
        c For suffering mortals.

2. d Through one man's transgression
    We all of us fell ;
e From heavenly mansions,
    f To save us from hell,
        He came, the Most Highest.

3. g To the one chosen Virgin
    Who God was to bear,
h The Angel descendeth
    The tale to declare,
        i Salvation's high mystery.

4. k The Word of the Father
    Eternally born,
l Assumeth man's body
    On this blessed morn,
        m That He may redeem us.

5. n He shall offer this Body
    Our ransom to be ;
o His Blood He shall pour forth
    His servants to free,
        And pour every life-drop.

6. q From my country an exile
    I wandered in vain,
r And knew not the pathway
    By which to regain
        True joy everlasting.

7. s To the place of my exile
    God deigns to descend :
t My way He becometh
    u Himself, and my end :
        vv I shall walk here in safety.

Notes from The Words of the Hymnal Noted Complete With Scriptural References (London: J. A. Novello and J. Masters, no date, circa 1855), pp.  109-110.

a. Psalm xxx. 5. Hos. ii. 15. Return

b. 2 Kings vii. 9. Return

c. Job. v. 7. Return

d. Rom. v. 12. Return

e. Psalm xviii. 9. Return

f. Psalm xlix. 15. Return

g. Prov. viii. 23. Return

h. S. Luke i. 28. Return

i. 1 Tim. iii. 16. Return

k. Psalm ii. 7. Return

l. Wis. xviii. 14, 15. Return

m. Gal. iii. 13. Return

n. S. Matt. xx. 28. Return

o. Heb. ix. 14. Return

q. Heb. xi. 9, 14. Return

r. Acts xvii. 27. Return

s. S. Matt. viii. 20. Return

t. S. John xiv. 6. Return

u. Heb. xii. 2. Return

v. 2 Sam. xiv. 14. Return

Sheet Music from Rev. John Mason Neale and Rev. Thomas Helmore, eds., Hymnal Noted, Part I. (London: Novello & Co., 1852), Part II (London: Novello & Co., 1856), #96 (#91 in the Combined Edition), pp. 109-110.

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Sheet Music from Thomas Helmore, Accompanying Harmonies to the Hymnal Noted. Part I (London: Novello, Ewer and Co., and Masters and Son, 1852), Part II (London: Novello and Co., Joseph Masters and J. T. Hayes, 1858), #96, pp. 320-321.

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This note is from John Julian, ed., The Dictionary of Hymnology (1892, 1907):

    Humani generis cessent suspiria. Annunciation. Appeared in the revised Paris Missal, 1738, for the "Feast of the Annunciation, and the Incarnation of Our Lord" (March 25). The text is also in Cardinal Newmans Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838 and 1865, in 12 stanzas of 5 lines, Humani generis - Missali Parisiensi. Translation by Dr. Neale in the Hymnal Noted, 1854, as "The sighs and the sorrows, and repeated in the Hymnary, altered to, Now The Sighs and The Sorrows." [W. A. S.]

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