All this night bright angels sing (Arthur Sullivan)

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  • (Posted 2010-07-17)  CPDL #21975:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-07-17).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 53 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 3/4/21.
  • (Posted 2002-04-08)  CPDL #03512:  Network.png
Editor: Paul Howarth (submitted 2002-04-08).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: From the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive.

General Information

Title: All this night bright angels sing
Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Lyricist: William Austincreate page

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1880 in Christmas Carols New and Old (John Stainer), no. 41
Description: An arrangement of an old carol.

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Original text and translations

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1  All this night bright angels sing;
Never was such carolling.
Hark, a voice which loudly cries:
"Mortals, mortals wake and rise;"
Lo! to gladness Turns your sadness;
From the earth is risen a Sun;
Shines all night, though day be done.

2  "Wake, O earth, wake everything!
Wake and hear the joy I bring;
Wake and joy for all this night,
Heaven and every twinkling light,
All amazing, Still stand gazing;
Angels, powers, and all that be,
Wake, and joy this Sun to see!"

3  Hail, O Sun! O blessed Light,
Sent into this world by night;
Let Thy rays and heavenly powers
Shine in these dark souls of ours;
For most duly, Thou art truly
God and Man, we do confess;
Hail, O Sun of Righteousness!