Joy on earth now appearing (Charles H. Giffen)

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  • (Posted 2006-10-24)  CPDL #12903:       
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2006-10-24).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: CPDL May be freely copied, distributed, performed, or recorded. Please inform the composer of any performances of this work.
Edition notes: Both the English and Ukrainian texts are given in this SATB setting. Revised files uploaded 2022-09-06.

General Information

Title: Joy on earth now appearing (Ukrainian Carol: Nova radist' stala)
Composer: Charles H. Giffen

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

Languages: English, Ukrainian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2004
Description: Three verses of original Ukrainian carol Nova radist' stala (voiced SA, both Ukrainian and composer's English free translation) included. The English text is a free translation of these verses, Copyright © 1982 by the composer.

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Original text and translations

Ukrainian.png Ukrainian text

Nova radist' stala,
yaka ne buvala:
Nad vertepom zvizda yasna
Svitlom zasiyala.

De Khristos rodihvsya,
Z divih voplotihvsya.
Yak cholovik pelanamih
Uboho povihvsya.

Anhelih spivayut':
"Slava" voshlihchayut',
Na nebesakh i na zemli
Mihr pro povi dayut.

English.png English text

Joy on earth now appearing.
Wondrous light to us nearing.
Brightly beaming o'er the manger
Shines the Star of Bethlehem.

Holy Christ, born in glory,
Virgin born, son of Mary,
Lying lowly in a manger,
See the babe of Bethlehem.

Angels lift up their voices:
Gloria in excelsis!
From the heavens to the manger,
Peace is born in Bethlehem.

Three verses freely translated by Charles H. Giffen
from the Ukrainian carol Nova radist' stala.