The Angels Sing This Day
Sarah MacDonald

Composer Sarah MacDonald
Text Rowland Watkyns (ca. 1614-1664), from "Upon Christ's Nativity"
Voicing SATB, a cappella
Topic Christmas
Price $2.50 (U.S.)
Released 6/24
Cat. no. 405-253
Difficulty Mod. difficult

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A lilting refrain "The angels sing this day" is juxtaposed with the paradox of the Christmas story set in an expressive and sometimes reserved and sometimes declamatory fashion.




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Anthem text
The angels sing this day, and so will I.
Now in a manger lies the eternal Word:
the Word he is, yet can no speech afford;
he is the Bread of Life, yet hungry lies;
the Living Fountain, yet for drink he cries;
the angels sing this day, and so will I.
He cannot help or clothe himself at need
who did the lilies clothe and ravens feed;
he is the Light of Lights, yet now doth shroud
his glory with our nature as a cloud.
The angels sing this day, and so will I.
Christ had four beds and those not soft nor brave:
the Virgin’s womb, the manger, cross, and grave.
The angels sing this day, and so will I
that have more reason to be glad than they.

--Rowland Waykyns (ca. 1614-1664), from "Upon Christ’s Nativity"


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