Inspired by fire prophetic, Isaiah said (William Bennett)
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Description: "A Hymn for Christmas Day" from pp100-103 of A New set of Psalm Tunes and Anthems, in four Parts, for the Use of Country Choirs. "Country Choirs" is a term often used to mean choirs in parish churches and proprietary chapels, as yet without an organ installed. Other instruments were employed instead (particularly 'cello or bassoon to reinforce the bass). This piece requires a bass instrument both to accompany the recitative and to reinforce the chorus line; its use in the verse sections (doubling the bass singer) is optional.
The lyricist, credited in the heading of this piece in A New Set of Psalm Tunes and Anthems with the attribution 'The Words by E: SPRY M.D. &c of TOTNES', is also listed among the subscribers to the book as 'E. Spry, Phil. L. L. M. D. &c.'.
Original text and translations
Inspired by fire prophetic, Isaiah said:
"A virgin shall conceive, a very maid
Shall bear a child a son both God and man,
Who is, and was, before the world began,
Coequal with the great, the dread, I AM.
From root of Jesse shall the Saviour spring,
And to lost Adam sure salvation bring.
That time's complete by prophecy foretold;
With eyes of joy ecstatic now behold
The infant God, incarnate to the world.
Let Israel rejoice, let Sion's hill be glad,
Let Solyma give praise unto her new-born God.
The Messiah's come, all sins are done away,
Exult, be glad, salute the welcome day
With shouts of praise of joy with thanks sincere;
From hearts of gratitude with love and fear
The great, good God omnipotent revere."