I wish you all a happy and holy Christmas.
William Byrd (±1539-1623): From Virgin Pure. Text: Francis Kindlemarsh, (fl. 1570)
From Virgin pure this Christmas day did spring
The precious seed that only saved man;
This day let man rejoice and sweetly sing,
Since on this day salvation first began.
This day did Christ man’s soul from death remove,
With glorious saints to dwell in heav’n above.
O sing unto this glitt’ring, glorious King;
O praise His name let every living thing;
Let heart and voice like bells of silver ring,
The comfort that this day to man doth bring ;
Let lute, let shalm, with sound of sweet delight,
The joy of Christ’s his birth this day recite.