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A day, a day of glory!

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Charles Wood

SATB

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A day, a day of glory!
  A day that ends our woe!
A day that tells of triumph
  against our vanquished foe!
Yield, summer’s brightest sunrise,
  to this December morn:
Lift up your gates, ye princes,
  and let the child be born!

With Gloria in excelsis
  Archangels tell their mirth:
with Kyrie eleison
  men answer upon earth:
and angels swell the triumph,
  and mortals raise the horn,
Lift up your gates, ye princes,
  and let the child be born.

He comes, His throne the manger;
  he comes, His shrine the stall;
the ox and ass His courtiers,
  who made and governs all:
the “House of Bread”* his birth-place,
  the Prince of wine and corn:
Lift up your gates, ye princes,
  and let the child be born.

Then bar the gates, that henceforth
  none thus may passage win,
because the Prince of Israel
  alone hath entered in:
The earth, the sky, the ocean
  his glorious way adorn:
Lift up your gates, ye princes,
  and let the child be born.
 

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A day of glory - Wood

Created 03-Dec-11

* The old Hebrew name bêth lehem, meaning "house of bread", has survived till the present day. In its Arabic form, however, bêt lahm, it means "house of meat". Several scholars (Smith, Hist. Geog. of the Holy Land, 1906) hold that the name is connected with Lakhmu, one of the divinities in the Babylonian Creation myth and that Bethlehem was a sacred shrine of that god in ancient times. This is possible, but there is no actual evidence in favour of the conjecture. Two cities of the name are known from Sacred Scripture: Bethlehem and Bethlehem of Judea.

From the Catholic Encyclopedia.


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