Arise and hail the sacred day (Joseph Stephenson)

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  • CPDL #22912:        (Sibelius 3)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2010-12-24).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 34 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The order of staves in the source is as given here: no indication is given as to whether the first stave is to be sung by trebles, tenors or both, but it has here been treated as a treble part. The second stave is printed in the alto clef in the source.
The last two notes of the bass part in bar 20, given here as quavers, are printed in the source as crotchets: the preceding note is printed in the source, as here, as a dotted minim tied to a minim.
The second and third verses of the text are printed after the music in the source, and have been underlaid editorially.
MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Arise and hail the sacred day
Composer: Joseph Stephenson

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SacredCarol   Meter: 886. 886

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1771 in The Musical Companion, page 42

Description: A carol setting by Joseph Stephenson. Hymn Tune Index tune number 3537. The text of the carol is based on a 'Hymn for Christmas-Day' published on pp. 516-517 of the Gentleman's Magazine for November 1748 (Vol. 18, No. 11), with the attribution 'The Words by Mr OATS … of Devonshire'. Verses 1 and 2 of the text given by Stephenson are similar to the corresponding verses in the Gentleman's Magazine text (which has five verses in total). Stephenson's verse 3 is not derived from any of the Gentleman's Magazine verses.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Arise and hail the sacred day.