An Earthly Tree - Hodie Christus, Stephanie Martin

An Earthly Tree - Hodie Christus, Stephanie Martin
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Product ID : SY942
Weight: 0.10 lbs
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8.5" x11", 12 pages
Minimum Order of 8

(1) An Earthly Tree as a digital download (PDF) with a print license 

Stephanie Martin has created a beautiful new Christmas motet for SATB choir, a capella, with soprano solo. The text is from an anonymous 16th century poem, a traditional English Carol for Christmas Day. The motet also includes the traditional Latin Christmas antiphon, Hodie Christus, as an underlay. The text is both fascinating and fresh to the ear. Martin's setting is a beautiful contrast to the famous setting of this text by William Byrd (1589).

Written for the St. Cecilia Choir of Chicago's historic St. John Cantius, Stephanie Martin's An Earthly Tree - Hodie Christus commemorates the 50th anniversary of Healey Willan, the "Dean of Canadian Composers."


An earthly tree a heav'nly fruit it bare,
A case of clay contain'd a crown immortal,
A crown of crowns, a King whose cost and care
Redeem'd poor man, whose race before was thrall
To death, to doom, to pains of everlasting,
By His sweet death, scorns, stripes, and often fasting. 
Hodie Christus natus est. Hodie salvator apparuit
[Today Christ is born. Today our savior has appeared.]
A star above the stars, a sun of light
Whose blessed beams this wretched earth bespread
With hope of Heaven and of God's Son the sight
Which in our flesh and sinful soul lay dead.
O faith, O hope, O joys renown'd for ever,
O lively life, that deathless shall persever
Then let us sing the lullabies of sleep
To this sweet Babe, born to awake us all
From drowsy sin that made old Adam weep,
And by his fault gave to mankind the fall.
For lo ! this day, the birth-day, day of days,
Summons our songs, to give Him laud and praise. 

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