Sing, O sing, this blessed morn (Charles H. Giffen)

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Hymnal version:

  • CPDL #13136:     
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2006-11-21).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL May be freely copied, distributed, performed, or recorded. Please inform the composer of any performances of this work.

Hymn-Anthem setting:

  • CPDL #13151:     
Congregation part: (Letter size, 1 page, 102 kbytes)
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2006-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 177 kB   Copyright: CPDL May be freely copied, distributed, performed, or recorded. Please inform the composer of any performances of this work.
Edition notes: Hymn-Anthem for SATB choir, Descant, and congregation.

General Information

Title: Sing, O sing, this blessed morn
Composer: Charles H. Giffen

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB with Descant (in Hymn-Anthem setting)
Genre: SacredAnthemHymn   Meter: 77. 77. 77

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1989
, 2003

Description: The hymn tune McShane honors the mathematician Edward James McShane (1904-1989), Professor Emeritus of the University of Virginia, member of the National Academy of Sciences, and avid amateur musician. It was composed shortly before his death.

In the Hymn-Anthem setting of the Christmas text, the original form of the tune is given in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th stanzas. The more primitive sounding 1st and 4th stanzas are, in fact, not antecedents of the original tune at all, but instead they are variational artifacts composed for this setting.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1.
Sing, O sing, this blessed morn,
unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given,
God himself comes down from heaven.
Refrain:
Sing, O sing, this blessed morn,
Jesus Christ today is born.

2.
God of God and Light of Light,
comes with mercies infinite,
joining in a wondrous plan
heaven to earth and God to man.
Refrain.

3.
God with us, Emmanuel,
deigns for ever now to dwell;
he on Adam's fallen race
sheds the fullness of his grace.
Refrain.

4.
God comes down that man may rise,
lifted by him to the skies;
Christ is Son of Man that we
sons of God in him may be.
Refrain.

5.
O renew us, Lord, we pray,
with thy Spirit day by day,
that we ever one may be
with the Father and with thee.
Refrain.

Lyrics: Christopher Wordsworth, 1862