As it began to dawn (Myles Birket Foster)

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  • (Posted 2021-05-20)  CPDL #64479:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-05-20).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 263 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: As it began to dawn
Composer: Myles Birket Foster
Source of text:' Matt.28:1-6
Lyricist: Christopher Wordsworth
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with Baritone and Soprano (or Tenor) soli.
Genre: SacredAnthem for Easter

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1892 The Musical Times no.601

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Matt.28:1b  As it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
Matt.28:2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
Matt.28:3  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
Matt.28:4  And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
Matt.28:5  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
Matt.28:6a  He is not here: He is risen.

Alleluia! Alleluia!
Hearts and voices heavenward raise:
Sing to God a hymn of gladness,
Sing to God a hymn of praise:
He, who on the cross a victim,
For the world's salvation bled,
Jesus Christ, the King of glory,
Now is risen from the dead.
Alleluia. Amen.