This first video is from the Bach Oratorio and is the first verse of the text:

I stand before Thy manger fair,
My Jesus, Life from heaven!
I come, and unto Thee I bear
What Thou to me hast given.
Receive it, for ’tis mind and soul,
Heart, spirit, strength—receive it all,
And deign to let it please Thee.

But then I found this work, which has more verses (but there are quite a few more than even these!). The Calmus Ensemble is singing, and the composer is Ludwig Böhme. I thought it quite lovely.

I stand before Thy manger fair,
My Jesus, Life from heaven!
I come, and unto Thee I bear
What Thou to me hast given.
Receive it, for ’tis mind and soul,
Heart, spirit, strength—receive it all,
And deign to let it please Thee.

When I as yet had not been born,
Then hadst Thou been born for me
And chosen me to be Thine own,
Thy mercy shedding o’er me.
Before I by Thy hand was made,
Thou hadst the plan in order laid,
How Thou Thyself shouldst give me.

I lay still in death’s deepest night,
Till Thou, my Sun, arising,
Didst bring joy, pleasure, life, and light,
My wakened soul surprising.
O Sun, who dost so graciously
Cause faith’s good light to dawn in me,
How lovely is Thy radiance!

With rapture do I gaze on Thee,
Nor can enough adore Thee,
Pow’r more to do is not in me,
I’ll praise and bow before Thee.
Oh that my mind were an abyss,
My soul a sea, wide, bottomless,
That so I might embrace Thee.

One thing I bid Thee grant to me,
My Savior, ne’er deny me,
That I may evermore have Thee,
Within and on and by me.
And let my heart Thy cradle be,
Come, come and lay Thee down in me,
With all Thy joys and treasures!

Here is the German:

Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier,
o Jesu, du mein Leben;
ich komme, bring und schenke dir,
was du mir hast gegeben.
Nimm hin, es ist mein Geist und Sinn,
Herz, Seel und Mut, nimm alles hin
und laß dir’s wohlgefallen.

Da ich noch nicht geboren war,
da bist du mir geboren
und hast mich dir zu eigen gar,
eh ich dich kannt, erkoren.
Eh ich durch deine Hand gemacht,
da hast du schon bei dir bedacht,
wie du mein wolltest werden.

Ich lag in tiefster Todesnacht,
du warest meine Sonne,
die Sonne, die mir zugebracht
Licht, Leben, Freud und Wonne.
O Sonne, die das werte Licht
des Glaubens in mir zugericht’,
wie schön sind deine Strahlen!

Ich sehe dich mit Freuden an
und kann mich nicht satt sehen;
und weil ich nun nichts weiter kann,
bleib ich anbetend stehen.
O daß mein Sinn ein Abgrund wär
und meine Seel ein weites Meer,
daß ich dich möchte fassen!

Eins aber, hoff ich, wirst du mir,
mein Heiland, nicht versagen,
dass ich dich möge für und für in,
bei und an mir tragen,
so lass mich doch dein Kripplein sein,
komm, komm und lege bei mir ein
dich und all deine Freuden.

02. November 2023 · Comments Off on Goodnight · Categories: Choral

Grace Before Sleep by Susan LaBarr, text by Sara Teasdale

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Concert Choir
October 15, 2023 concert
Dr. Elisabeth Cherland

I never grow weary of this piece.

Josef Gabriel Rheinberger: Abendlied
Choir Aidija

Bide with us, for evening shadows darken, and the day will soon be over.

01. August 2022 · Comments Off on Stars I Shall Find · Categories: Choral

I found this so lovely, so I’m sharing it … just because!

Victor C. Johnson: Stars I Shall Find
Text by Sarah Teasdale
The Singing Statesmen (University of Wisconsin); Dr. Christopher G. McKinley, Director

The text is here. (I’m not sure if it’s still under copyright or not, so I won’t print it here.)

11. July 2022 · Comments Off on Speaking to my Soul · Categories: Choral

This music … it touches me in ways some music can’t. And what a mystery it all is: while this reaches my soul, I know others won’t be moved by it in the least. I find that rather puzzling, but so it goes — I’m sure they have music that hits their gut and I’d scratch my head!

Cristobal de Morales (Valencia 1500 – Marchena 1553) – Missa pro defunctis a 5
Ensemble Biscantores – Luca Colombo, direttore – Milano, Basilica di San Calimero, 15 maggio 2022
00:09 Communio – Lux aeterna
02:29 Lamentationes Jeremiae prophetae – Sabbato Sancto. Ad Matutinum.
11:32 Circumdederunt me
14:06 Jerusalem convertere
16:30 (bis9 Lacrymosa – Pie Jesu
Daniela Beltraminelli, Carolina Intrieri, Chiara Rebaudo, Emma Brambilla soprani
Elena Carzaniga, Camilla Novielli, Edvige Brambilla, Monica Fumagalli alti
Roberto Rilievi, Maximiliano Banos, Gianluca Origgi, Davide Nicolussi, Davide Colnaghi, Niccolo Perego tenori
Marco Saccardin, Alessandro Marchesi bassi
Rosita Ippolito, Luciana Elizondo, Anais Lauwaert, Denise Mirra, viole da gamba

24. February 2022 · Comments Off on Requiem for Peace: Kyrie eleison · Categories: Choral

Kiev Symphony Chorus: director Viktoriia Konchakovska: location: National Philharmonic of Ukraine
Feb. 20, 2020: Remembrance Day of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes (Revolution of Dignity)
composer: Dr. Larry Nickel; publisher: Cypress Choral Music: https://cypressshoral.com

solosits: SOPRANO: Inna Guseva, Olesia Liuba, Oleksandra Zabashta, ALTO: Olena Horiainova, Oksana Gordyk, TENOR: Viktor Chernysh, BARITONE: Denys Zhdanov, Yurii Panytsia

10. December 2021 · Comments Off on If You Have Time For More Than One Work · Categories: Advent, Choral, Christmas

A friend (Hi Carolyn F.!) share this with me and I’m enjoying it as I type:

13. April 2020 · Comments Off on A Farewell · Categories: Choral

Molly Ijames: A Farewell
Rivertree Singers; Warren Cook, Cond.

Text by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Flow down, cold rivulet, to the sea,
Thy tribute wave deliver:
No more by thee my steps shall be,
For ever and for ever.

Flow, softly flow, by lawn and lea,
A rivulet then a river:
Nowhere by thee my steps shall be
For ever and for ever.

But here will sigh thine alder tree
And here thine aspen shiver;
And here by thee will hum the bee,
For ever and for ever.

A thousand suns will stream on thee,
A thousand moons will quiver;
But not by thee my steps shall be,
For ever and for ever.

03. March 2019 · Comments Off on For Sunday Night · Categories: Choral

… because I find it lovely. And I do love lovely.

Nelson: Music, When Soft Voices Die
Atlanta Master Chorale; Dr. Eric Nelson, Conductor; Accompanist: Jonathan Easter

Music, When Soft Voices Die

Music, when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory;
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.

Rose leaves, when the rose is dead,
Are heap’d for the belovèd’s bed;
And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.

—Percy Bysshe Shelley

23. February 2019 · Comments Off on Goodnight · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, Choral

Here, have a Norwegian Lullaby tonight, arranged by Gunnar Eriksson
Stellenbosch University Choir; André van der Merwe , Conductor