The Holy Child, Op. 37 (Horatio W. Parker)

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1. The Angel

  • CPDL #07661:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2004-07-16).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: Personal

2. Night in Bethlehem

  • CPDL #09736:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2005-09-20).   Score information: A4, 17 pages, 220 kB   Copyright: Personal

3. The Visit of the Shepherds

  • CPDL #09737:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2005-09-20).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: Personal

4. The Manger Throne

  • CPDL #09738:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2005-09-20).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 176 kB   Copyright: Personal

5. Cradle Hymn

  • CPDL #20255:   
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2009-09-27).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 178 kB   Copyright: Personal

6. Procession of the Magi

  • CPDL #20256:   
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2009-09-27).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 167 kB   Copyright: Personal

7. The Prophetic Song

  • CPDL #20257:   
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2009-09-27).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: Personal

8. Hymn of Praise

  • CPDL #20258:   
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2009-09-27).   Score information: Letter, 18 pages, 283 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: 8 separate files, May be freely distributed, duplicated, performed, or recorded.

Editor's comments: My apologies for taking so long to finish the cantata. Lesson: never lend someone a score unless your sure you're going to get it back in less than a year.

General Information

Title: The Holy Child, Op. 37
Composer: Horatio W. Parker

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Soloists: Solo STB
Genre: SacredCantata

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

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Original text and translations

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1. I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God,
and I am sent to speak unto thee,
and to show thee these glad tidings.
Thou shalt bring forth a Son
and shall call His Name Jesus,
for He shall save His people from their sins;
and thou shalt call His Name Jesus.

2. How soft the light on Judah's hills
And on her blessed plains,
While o'er the shepherds watching there,
Unbroken silence reigns.
But see, a light like morn on midnight breaking;
and hark, angelic choirs the song awaking:
Fear not!
Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
The Prince of Peace this day is born
In David's city fair;
Go, bow before
His sacred feet and offer homage there.
To God, on high, be endless praise and glory!
O haste! tell all the world the wondrous story.
Fear not!
Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.

3. O ye who heard the blessed song
First fall on mortal ears,
Whose harmony shall never cease
Down to the latest years.
How did ye haste with eager feet
To Bethl'hem's lowly shed,
Where in the manger lay the
Babe For us incarnate made!
How rev'rently ye entered in
To worship at His feet;
Returning then with thankful praise
Those wonders to repeat!
O ye who heard the blessed song
First fall on mortal ears,
How did ye haste with eager feet
To Bethl'hem's lowly shed,
Where in the manger lay the
Babe for us incarnate made,
For us incarnate made.

4. Christ, the King of kings, and Lord of lords,
Seeks the poorest shelter earth affords,
Yet that manger is a glorious throne
For Messiah, come unto His own.
Hail Him, hail Him, hail Him, come unto His own.
Hail Messiah, Hail Him, Hail Messiah, come unto His own.

Angel hosts in wonder o'er it bend,
Angel hosts o'er it bend
This new mystery to comprehend.
Bright above the portal shines the star.
Christ, the King…

5. In softest slumber rest;
Thy mother's faithful arms
Shall shield Thee, Infant blest,
From all alarms!

How gentle Thy repose,
Thy brow no shadow wears;
Fairer than fairest rose
Thy face appears!

Thy tender, sheltering ward
Of many a seraph bright,
Thy slumber deep shall guard,
Blest Babe, to-night.

My soul doth magnify
The Lord whose wondrous power
Hath given from on high
Such priceless dower!

So sleep, Thou sinless One,
In human form enshrined,
Thy early life begun,
Heaven left behind!

To rest, with blessed dreams,
Cradled in lowliness,
Till morning's radiant beams
The earth shall bless!

6. Behold the Infant King
With lowly adoration,
Who cometh, free salvation
For all the world to bring.

Our offerings we give,
Rich odors, golden treasure,
But never can we measure
The love that we receive.

Our nature Thou dost bear,
With all its woes, upon Thee,
We worship Thee, we crown Thee,
O child divinely fair!

Dwell in our inmost heart,
True God, true man, forever
And let Thy presence never
From that dear shrine depart.

7. Now appears the glorious morning,
Brightly dawning,
By the prophets long foretold!
Light o'erspreadeth every nation,
And salvation
Bring blessings manifold.

God His people will deliver,
And forever
Shall they serve him without fear;
Righteousness shall go before Him.
Come, adore Him
In His holy temple here!

Now, at length, my eyes beholding
The unfolding
Of Thy sure and faithful word,
With thanksgiving pure and fervent,
Let Thy servant
In Thy peace depart, O Lord!

8. Rejoice, O heaven and earth,
And hail the glorious birth!
The Light of life all darkness has dispelled!
His lovely, radiant face
Is full of truth and grace,
Such lovely mortal eye hath ne'er beheld.

He stands, an ensign bright,
The gentiles are his light,
And multitudes behold the sign of peace.
His rest shall glorious be,
While over land and sea,
Thro' countless years his reign shall never cease.