Monday, 15 December 2008

Rorate Caeli - Advent Prose

It has been a while since I have posted a song here, so here are two versions of Rorate Caeli which I have prepared. The first is an English setting to the traditional chant (click on the pictures for the full sized version - my apologies for the difference in notation between pages one and two - I did these at different times and haven't had the time to put the difference right) and the second is a metrical paraphrase to a German chorale tune.




HYMN By David Schütz
(Based on the Tune: Wer nun den lieben Gott [Neumark])
Do not be angry, Lord, forever
do not remember how we've sinned.
Your holy city and your temple
where once we praised you, lies in ruin:
Pour down, O heavens, from above,
righteousness, peace, salvation, love.


Like those unclean, we sinned against you;
like faded leaves, we drift away.
Your face is hidden from your people,
our sins have caught us in their sway.
Pour down, O heavens, from above,
righteousness, peace, salvation, love.


“You are my witnesses, my servants;
I chose you that you may believe.
I am the Lord, there’s none beside me;
look to none other power to save.”
Pour down, O heavens, from above,
righteousness, peace, salvation, love.


“O comfort, comfort all my people,
my saving power shall not be slow.
So do not fear, for I will save you;
your scarlet sins shall be like snow.
Pour down, O heavens, from above,
righteousness, peace, salvation, love.

2 comments:

Joshua said...

Lovely, David!

I've been waiting for you to post more regularly here!

(If you noticed, we tried singing the Advent Prose at a Missa Cantata on the Second Sunday of Advent. It's such a beaut tune.)

I'd like to see you post some good Lutheran hymns for Advent: texts with excellent chorale tunes, that unfortunately aren't known to Aussie Catholics...

matthias said...

I also would like to see for 2009 Advent Season more Lutheran hymns.
I learnt Bonhoffer's "Men go to God when they are sorely pressed" over 25 years ago ,and it still 'speaks to my condition " to quote a Quaker saying.
Yes i know i am writing this in 2009 but better late than never!!