The Annunciation (Joseph Barnby)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-01-06).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The Annunciation
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Angela Goetze

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1893

Description: The first part of Barnby's carol anthem, The First Christmas.

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Original text and translations

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Mary sat at even
In her garden's shade,
And the evening sunlight
Round about her played.

Suddenly from heaven
Came an angel fair,
To her threshold flying,
Halting gently there.

Mary, pale and trembling,
To the angel said:
"What can be thy message
To me, Mary, maid?"

And the angel answered:
"Hearken unto me.
Thou that art a maiden,
Shalt a mother be!

Blessed among women,
Thou shalt bear a Son,
And the Lord shall give Him
Father David's throne."

Mary knelt at even
Praying to the Lord,
Be it to me, Father,
According to Thy Word.