For SATB Chorus and Organ
This short Epiphany anthem was composed in 2008 at the request of conductor-organist Philip Brunelle, celebrating his 40th anniversary leading the music at Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis.
1. TELL us, thou clear and heavenly tongue,
Where is the Babe but lately sprung ?
Lies he the lily-banks among ?
2. Or say, if this new Birth of ours,
Sleeps, laid within some ark of flowers,
Spangled with dew-light ; thou canst clear
All doubts, and manifest the where.
3. Declare to us, bright star, if we shall seek
Him in the morning’s blushing cheek,
Or search the beds of spices through,
To find him out ?
Star: No, this ye need not do ;
But only come and see Him rest
A Princely Babe in’s mother’s breast.
Chor: He’s seen, He’s seen ! why then around
Let’s kiss the sweet and holy ground ;
And all rejoice that we have found
A King before conception crown’d.
4. Come then, come then, and let us bring
Unto our pretty Twelfth-tide King,
Each one his several offering ;
Chor: And when night comes, we’ll give Him wassailing ;
And that His treble honours may be seen,
We’ll choose Him King, and make His mother Queen.
Text: Robert Herrick
Commissioned in celebration of Philip Brunelle’s 40th year as Organist-Choirmaster at Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Dedicated to Dedicated to John Bjorklund, faithful Plymouth Choir member for those 40 years
First performance: 22nd February 2009, Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.