What Light Is This ? (Geoff Allan)

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  • (Posted 2016-10-06)   CPDL #41330:    Icon_mp3_globe.gif  
Editor: Geoff Allan (submitted 2016-10-06).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 153 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: First Edition.

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Title: What Light Is This ?
Composer: Geoff Allan
Lyricist: Geoff Allan

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2016

Description: A new Christmas carol for SATB choir with piano.Words in Latin and English. The mp3 links to a recording with a sampled choir - using 'Voices of Prague' - it sounds just enough like a choir to give you the idea of the piece. I will substitute a real choir recording as soon as I can. Think of the Latin being sung by Angels while the English words are sung by the Shepherds and Wise Men.

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Original text and translations

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O Nata lux de lumine (O Light born of Light)
What light is this we see so clear
O'er hills afar ?
Not moon nor sun, not planet bright,
But shining star.

Jesu redemptor saeculi (Jesus, redeemer of the world,)
Should not we follow it, my friends,
Through desert sands,
Where will it lead, that orb, oh where ?
To what strange lands.

Dignare Clemens supplicum (with kindness deign to receive)
By dusty track, by stony road
We travel far,
Until we reach a stable small
With door ajar.

Laudes preces que sumere. (the praise and prayer of suppliants.)
And shining radiance out-streams
As silent light,
And all is hushed here in this place,
On this most holy night.