The LiederNet Archive
WARNING. Not all the material on this website is in the public domain.
It is illegal to copy and distribute our copyright-protected material without permission.
For more information, contact us at the following address:
licenses (AT) lieder (DOT) net

Hodie

Word count: 1573

Cantata by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958)

Show the texts alone (bare mode).

1. Prologue [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: Latin

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


Nowell! Nowell! Nowell!
Hodie Christus natus est: hodie salvator apparuit:
Hodie in terra canunt angeli, laetantur archangeli:
Hodie exultant justi, dicentes: gloria in excelsis Deo: Alleluia.


Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

2. Narration (1) [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


Now the birth of Jesus Christ was in this wise: when as his mother
Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was 
found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, was minded to put her 
away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the 
angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream.

"Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife:
for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she 
shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS."

"He shall be great; and shall be called the Son of the Highest: 
Emmanuel, God with us."


Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

3. Song: It was the winter wild [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


See other settings of this text.


It was the Winter wild,
While the Heaven born child,
    All meanly wrapt in the rude manger lies;
Nature in awe to him
Had doffed her gaudy trim,
    With her great Master so to sympathize:
And waving wide her myrtle wand,
She strikes a universal Peace through Sea and Land.
No war or battle's sound
Was heard the world around,
    The idle spear and shield were high up hung;
The hookèd Chariot stood
Unstained with hostile blood,
    The Trumpet spake not to the armèd throng,
And Kings sate still with aweful eye,
As if they surely knew their sovran Lord was by.

But peaceful was the night
Wherein the Prince of light
    His reign of peace upon the earth began:
The winds, with wonder whist,
Smoothly the waters kissed,
    Whispering new joys to the mild Ocean,
Who now hath quite forgot to rave,
While birds of calm sit brooding on the charmèd wave.


Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

4. Narration (2) [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from 
Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be 
taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up into the 
city of David, which is called Bethlehem; to be taxed with Mary his 
espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished 
that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, 
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because 
there was no room for them in the inn.


Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

5. Choral: Kyrieleison [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Authorship


Based on

Go to the single-text view


The blessed son of God only 
In a crib full poor did lie; 
With our poor flesh and our poor blood 
Was clothed that everlasting good. 
Kyrieleison.

The Lord Christ Jesu, God's son dear, 
Was a guest and a stranger here; 
Us for to bring from misery, 
That we might live eternally. 
Kyrieleison.

All this did he for us freely, 
For to declare his great mercy; 
All Christendom be merry therefore, 
And give him thanks for evermore. 
Kyrieleison.


Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

6. Narration (3) [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


See other settings of this text.


And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of 
the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round 
about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto 
them:

"Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, 
which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in 
the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this 
shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in 
swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the 
heavenly host praising God, and saying:

"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will 
toward [men]1. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we 
glorify thee, we give thee thanks for thy great glory, O Lord 
God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty."

"Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which 
is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us."

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them 
into heaven, the shepherds said one to another,
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the 
babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made 
known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were 
told them by the shepherds.


View original text (without footnotes)
1 Finzi: "all"; this is the last word set by Finzi of this text.

Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

7. The Oxen [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: English

Authorship


See other settings of this text.


Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.
"Now they are all on their knees,"
An elder said as we sat in a flock
By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures [where]1
[They]2 dwelt in their strawy pen,
Nor did it occur to one of us there
To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave
In these years! Yet I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve,
"Come; see the oxen kneel,

In the lonely barton by yonder coomb
Our childhood used to know,"
I should go with him in the gloom,
Hoping it might be so.


View original text (without footnotes)
First published in The Times, December 1915
1 omitted by Gibbs.
2 Gibbs: "As they"

Submitted by Ted Perry

8. Narration (4) [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God 
for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was 
told unto them.

"Glory to God in the highest."


Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

9. Pastoral [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


The shepherds sing; and shall I silent be?
My God, no hymn for Thee?
My soul's a shepherd too; a flock it feeds
Of thoughts, and words, and deeds.
The pasture is Thy word: the streams, Thy grace
Enriching all the place.

Shepherd and flock shall sing, and all my powers
Outsing the daylight hours.
Then will we chide the sun for letting night
Take up his place and right:
We sing one common Lord; wherefore he should
Himself the candle hold.

I will go searching, till I find a sun
Shall stay, till we have done;
A willing shiner, that shall shine as gladly,
As frost_nipped suns look sadly.

Then will we sing, and shine all our own day,
And one another pay:
His beams shall cheer my breast, and both so twine,
Till ev'n His beams sing, and my music shine.


Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

10. Narration (5) [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her own heart.


Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

11. Lullaby [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


Sweet was the song the Virgin sang,
   When she to Bethlem Juda came
And was delivered of a Son,
   That blessed Jesus hath to name:
      "Lulla, lulla, lulla-bye,
      Sweet Babe," sang she,
And rocked him sweetly on her knee.

"Sweet Babe," sang she, "my son,
   And eke a Saviour born,
Who hath vouchsafèd from on high
   To visit us that were forlorn:
      "Lalula, lalula, lalula-bye,
      Sweet Babe," sang she,
And rocked him sweetly on her knee.


Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

12. Hymn [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


Bright portals of the sky, 
   Emboss'd with sparkling stars, 
Doors of eternity, 
   With diamantine bars, 
Your arras rich uphold, 
   Loose all your bolts and springs, 
Ope wide your leaves of gold, 
   That in your roofs may come the King of Kings. 

O well_spring of this All! 
   Thy Father's image vive; 
Word, that from nought did call 
   What is, doth reason, live; 
The soul's eternal food, 
   Earth's joy, delight of heaven; 
All truth, love, beauty, good: 
   To thee, to thee be praises ever given! 

O glory of the heaven! 
   O sole delight of earth! 
To thee all power be given, 
   God's uncreated birth! 
Of mankind lover true, 
   Indearer of his wrong, 
Who doth the world renew, 
   Still be thou our salvation and our song!


Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

13. Narration (6) [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


Now when Jesus was born, behold there came wise men from the east,
saying, "Where is he that is born King? for we have seen his star in 
the east, and are come to worship him." And they said unto them, 
"In Bethlehem."  When they had heard that, they departed; and, lo, 
the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came 
and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, 
they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into 
the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell 
down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, 
they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.


Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

14. March of the Three Kings

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


From kingdoms of wisdom secret and far
 . . . . . . . . . .

[--- The rest of this text is not
currently in the database but will be
added as soon as we obtain it. ---]

This text may be protected by copyright under Canadian copyright law, so we will not display it until we obtain permission to do so or discover it is public-domain.

15. Choral: No sad thought

Note: this is a multi-text setting

No sad thought his soul affright,
Sleep it is that maketh night;
Let no murmur nor rude wind
To his slumbers prove unkind:
But a quire of angels make
His dreams of heaven, and let him wake
To as many joys as can
In this world befall a man.

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

Promise fills the sky with light
 . . . . . . . . . .

[--- The rest of this text is not
currently in the database but will be
added as soon as we obtain it. ---]

Authorship


Go to the single-text view




16. Epilogue [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Authorship


Go to the single-text view


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. In him was life; and the life was the
light of men. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among 
us, full of grace and truth. Emmanuel, God with us.
   -- John 1:1, 4, 14; Matthew 1:23

   Ring out, ye crystal spheres,
   Once bless our human ears,
If ye have power to touch our senses so;
   And let your silver chime
   Move in melodious time,
And let the bass of heaven's deep organ blow;
And with your ninefold harmony
Make up full consort to the angelic symphony.

   Such music (as 'tis said)
   Before was never made,
But when of old the sons of morning sung,
   While the Creator great
   His constellations set,
And the well_balanced world on hinges hung,
And cast the dark foundations deep,
And bid the weltering waves their oozy channel keep.

   Yea, truth and justice then
   Will down return to men,
Orbed in a rainbow; and, like glories wearing,
   Mercy will sit between,
   Throned in celestial sheen,
With radiant feet the tissued clouds down steering;
And heaven, as at some festival,
Will open wide the gates of her high palace hall.


Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail

Gentle Reminder
This website began in 1995 as a personal project, and I have been working on it full-time without a salary since 2008. Our research has never had any government or institutional funding, so if you found the information here useful, please consider making a donation. Your gift is greatly appreciated.
     - Emily Ezust

Browse imslp.org (Petrucci Music Library) for Lieder or choral works