Rorate Coeli desuper, et nubes pluant Justum. Aperiatur Terra, et germinet Salvatorem. No sudden thing of glory and fear Was the Lord's coming; but the dear Slow Nature's days followed each other To form the Saviour from his Mother one of the children of the year. The earth, the rain, received the trust, The sun and dews, to frame the Just. He drew his daily life from these. According to his own decrees Who makes man from the fertile dust. Sweet summer and the winter wild, These brought hirn forth, the Undefiled. The happy Springs renewed again His daily bread, the growing grain, The food and raiment of the Child.
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- by Alice Christina Meynell, née Thompson (1847 - 1922), as A. C. Thompson, "Meditation", appears in Preludes, revised 1913, first published 1875 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by John (Nicholson) Ireland (1879 - 1962), "The advent", 1929-31, published 1934 [voice and piano], from Songs Sacred and Profane, no. 1 [ sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Ted Perry
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