Nowell sing we (Geoff Allan)

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  • (Posted 2015-11-25)   CPDL #37663:       Icon_mp3.gif
Editor: Geoff Allan (submitted 2015-11-25).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 169 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: mp3 files from first concert performance in December 2015, sung by Sturminster Newton Choral Society, Dorset, UK.

General Information

Title: Nowell Sing We
Composer: Geoff Allan
Lyricist: Mediaevalcreate page

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2015

Description: A Semi-modal setting of mediaeval words in English with some Latin. Written for Sturminster Newton Choral Society, Dorset, England who performed it in December 2015.

External websites: http://sturminsterchoral.tiddlyspace.com

Original text and translations

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Nowell sing we both all and some,
For Rex pacificus is ycome. (King of Peace)
Nowell Nowell ..

In Bethlem in that fair city,
A child was born of a maiden free,
That shall a lord and princë be,
A solis ortus cardine. (From the pivot of the rising sun)
Nowell Nowell ..

Nowell sing we both all and some,
For Rex pacificus is ycome.
Nowell Nowell ..

Children were slain full great plenty,
Jesu, for the love of thee;
Wherefore their soulës savëd be,
Hostis Herodis impie. (Herod, the wicked enemy)

Nowell sing we both all and some,
For Rex pacificus is ycome.
Nowell Nowell ..

As sunnë shineth through the glass,
So Jesu in his mother was;
Thee to servë now grant us grace,
O lux beata Trinitas. (Blessed light of the Trinity)

Nowell sing we both all and some,
For Rex pacificus is ycome.

Now God is comën to worshipën us;
Now of Mary is born Jesus;
Make we merry amongës us;
Exultet celum laudibus. (Let Heaven praise (him))

Nowell sing we both all and some,
For Rex pacificus is ycome.
Nowell Nowell ..