William Byrd: An Earthly Tree : The Choir of Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford


The Choristers of Magdalen College Chapel Choir, Oxford sing William Byrd’s beautiful Advent carol An Earthly Tree under the direction of Grayston (Bill) Ives. The pictures used are of Magdalen College Chapel and surrounds.

For the first posting in a series of postings on music for Advent I’m posting drwestbury’s music video of the Choir of Magdalen College Chapel’s performance of Byrd’s wonderful carol “An Earthly Tree”. Lyrics are below the fold. Enjoy :-).

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Lyrics: An Earthly Tree

An earthly tree a heavenly fruit it bear,
A case of clay contained a crown immortal
A crown of crowns, a King whose cost and care
Redeemed poor man, whose race before was thrall
To death, to doom, to pains of everlasting,
By His sweet death, scorns, stripes, and often fasting.

A star above the stars, a sun of light,
Whose blessed beams this wretched earth bespread
With hope of heaven and of God’s Son the sight,
Which in our flesh and sinful soul lay dead.
O faith, O hope, O joys renowned for ever,
O lively life that deathless shall persever.

Then let us sing the lullabys of sleep
To this sweet babe, born to awake us all
From drowsy sin that made old Adam weep,
And by his fault gave to mankind the fall.
For lo! this day, the birth day, day of days,
Summons our songs to give Him laud and praise.

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