Come, Ye Faithful Choirs On Earth
For The Purification
A Sequence from an 11th Century Manuscript, with notes
Erroneously attributed to S. Bernard of Clairvaux (died 1153)
Music: Berthold Tours
Compare: Faithful People (Terry, A Medieval Carol Book)
Source: William Cook and Benjamin Webb, ed., The Hymnary (London: Novello, Ewer, and Company, 1872), p. 312, # 347. The source was stated to be The Hymnal Noted. See: Full of Gladness, Let Our Faithful Choir,
Come, ye faithful choirs on earth, sing ye now with hallowed mirth
For the mighty King of kings from a spotless Maiden springs :
O wonder rare !
Him the Holy Virgin bore, Wonderful and Counsellor;
Sun sprung from star :
Sun, which never night shall know ; star whose Ray shall ever glow
As a star puts forth its ray, so her Son in wondrous way
The Virgin bare.
Bright the star doth still endure : so the Virgin still is pure ;
No stain is there.
Lebanon's tall cedar bends ; and, like hyssop made, descends,
Our woe to share :
He, God's Word and Essence, came, dwelling in a mortal frame,
The cross to bear.
This Isaiah had foreshewn : this with thankful love we own ;
Him, Whom Holy Writ foretold, now a Virgin's arms enfold :
Alleluia ! Amen.
Sheet Music from The Hymnary, p. 312.