Hosanna to the highest, Z 187 (Henry Purcell)
- (Posted 2020-01-31) CPDL #56854:
- Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2020-01-31). Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 88 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Original key, with original basso continuo part only (no editorial realization).
- (Posted 2020-01-31) CPDL #56853:
- Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2020-01-31). Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 108 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Original key. Contains an editorial realization of the continuo part.
Original text and translations
Hosanna to the highest. Joy betide
The heavenly bridegroom and his holy bride.
Let heav'n above be filled with songs,
Let earth triumph below;
For ever silent be those tongues that can be silent now.
You rocks and stones, I charge you all to break
Your flinty silence if men cease to speak;
You that possess the sacred art
Or now or never show it,
Plead not your Muse is out of heart:
Here's that creates a poet.
Be ravish'd, earth, to see this contract driv'n
'Twixt sinful men and reconcil'd heav'n.
Dismount, you quire of angels, come,
With men your joys divide;
Heav'n never showed so sweet a bridegroom,
Nor earth so fair a bride.