Wednesday 7 December - Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth (Michael Praetorius, arr. Andrew Parnell)

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Today is the feast day of St Ambrose, Archbishop of Milan in the fourth century. Although he's not known to have written any of the music that today is called "Ambrosian chant", he did write some early hymns, including this one (in Latin, "Veni redemptor gentium").

Sung by Tony Evershed, in 2012, by means of multitracking.

Come, thou Redeemer of the earth,
And manifest thy virgin birth.
Let every age adoring fall:
Such birth befits the God of all.

Begotten of no human will,
But by the Spirit, Thou art still
The Word of God in flesh arrayed,
The promised Fruit to man displayed.

O equal to the Father, thou!
Gird on thy fleshly mantle now;
The weakness of our mortal state
With deathless might invigorate.

Thy cradle here shall glitter bright,
And darkness breathe a newer light
Where endless faith shall shine serene
And twilight never intervene.

All laud to God the Father be,
All praise, eternal Son, to thee;
All glory, as is ever meet,
To God the Holy Paraclete.