Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924): Ye choirs of New Jerusalem, Op 123

The Anglo-Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford’s influence on English musical life in particular on choral religious music is with us to this day. His music was enormously popular during his lifetime indeed it was so popular that it rescued the music pubisher Stainer & Bell from their parlous financial situation in 1910 when the company was short of funds to cover its debenture capital  they could well have gone under had it not been for the fact that sales of Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet, Op 117 generated enough cash to help them over this difficulty the anthem you can hear below sung by the Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral –  Ye choirs of new Jerusalem, Op 123, further secured their financial position. Enjoy :-).

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Text: Ye choirs of New Jerusalem

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Ye choirs of new Jerusalem
Your sweetest notes employ,
The Paschal victory to hymn
In strains of holy joy.

For Judah’s Lion burst his chains
Crushing the serpent’s head;
And cries aloud through death’s domains
To wake the imprisoned dead.

Devouring depths of hell their prey
At his command restore;
His ransomed hosts pursue their way
Where Jesus goes before.

Triumphant in His glory now
To Him all power is given;
To Him in one communion bow
All saints in earth and heaven.

While we his soldiers praise our King,
His mercy we implore,
Within his palace bright to bring
And keep us evermore.

All glory to the Father be,
All glory to the Son,
All glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,
While endless ages run. Alleluia! Amen.

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