Christmas Day (John Stainer)

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  • (Posted 2008-12-12)  CPDL #18533:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2008-12-12).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 8/12/21.

General Information

Title: Christmas Day
Composer: John Stainer
Lyricist: Henry Ramsden Bramley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

External websites:

Original text and translations

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1. Wake all music's magic powers,
On this blissful morning,
Born today, the Child is ours,
Theme of Prophet's warning:
Giant in the race He towers,
Toil and danger scorning.

O that blessed going out,
Which salvation brought about.
O that blessed going out,
Which salvation brought about.

2. Let this glorious holiday
Find such holy spending
That the simple-hearted may
Joy without offending,
And sweet charity may stay,
With our concourse blending,

3. Give we glory to this feast,
For man’s restoration:
Now the guilty is released,
Freed from condemnation:
By the widow’s son deceased,
See Elisha’s station!

4. O how bright is this day made,
Day with radiance glowing,
Which the Light of Light displayed,
Light in darkness shewing;
Chasing thus death’s gloomy shade,
Brightness o’er us throwing!

5. Risen today in splendour bright,
Shining to all ages,
Beams the Sun, whose distant light
Touch’d the Prophet’s pages;
Now, to end the reign of night,
Christ His power engages.