Rorate, coeli, desuper! (Charles West)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-26)  CPDL #59364:       
Editor: Charles West (submitted 2020-06-26).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 130 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Rorate, coeli, desuper!
Composer: Charles West
Lyricist: William Dunbar

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATB(B)
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2019

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Heavens distill your balmy showers,
For now is risen the bright day star
From the rose Mary, flower of flowers.
The clear son whom no cloud devours,
Surmounting Phoebus in the east
Is coming of His heavenly towers;
Et nobis puer natus est.

Archangels, angels, and dominations,
Thrones, powers, and martyrs seir [many],
And all ye heavenly operations,
Star, planet, firmament, and sphere,
Fire, earth, air, and water clear,
To Him give loving, most and least,
That come into so meek manner;
Et nobis puer natus est.

Sing, heaven imperial, most of height,
Regions of air make harmony;
All fish in flood and fowl of flight
Be mirthful and make melody.
All Gloria in excelsis cry –
Heaven, earth, sea, man, bird, and beast –
He that is crowned above the sky
Pro nobis puer natus est.