In This Tyme of Chrystmas

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SSS with SATBB, a cappella

This "liltingly sweet slice of parenthood" (Saint Paul Pioneer Press) features three soprano soloists, or women's chorus, accompanied by the lulling rocking of the full SATB chorus.

Audio: 

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
AB-046-00
Duration: 
5:00
Commissioned By: 
The Rose Ensemble
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
12/15/2006
Premiere Ensemble: 
The Rose Ensemble
Performances: 

The Oriana Consort (Walter Chapin, cond.), Boston, MA, USA
The Rose Ensemble (Jordan Sramek, cond.), Saint Paul, MN, USA
The Singers--Minnesota Choral Artists (Matthew Culloton, cond,), Minneapolis, MN, USA

Reviews: 

"...proved a liltingly sweet slice of parenthood, superbly sung by the [Rose Ensemble]. Historically educational yet soaked with spirit, the concert felt as if something magical had been preserved in amber in the 16th century, then uncovered to be enjoyed by a modern audience." - Rob Hubbard, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, Dec 2006

Text
Text Author or Source: 
Anon., collected from Elizabethan Christmas carols (text has been modernized)
Language: 
English and Latin
Text: 

In this time of Christmas,
Betwixt an ox and ass,
A maiden delivered was
Of Christ, her dear Son dear.

Husband of Mary
Sweet Joseph stood her by,
And said he was ready
To serve her if need were.

When she her dear Son see,
She set Him on her knee,
And sang, "Hither to me,
Come kiss Thy mother dear."

REFRAIN:
"Quid petis, O Fili?"
Mater dulcissima ba ba...
"Quid petis, O Fili?
Michi plausus oscula da da!"

On her lap she Him laid,
And with her pap He played,
And ever sang the maid:
"Come kiss Thy mother dear."

With lips culling His,
His mouth oft she did kiss,
And sang, "Sweetheart mine..."
I pray You, make good cheer."

REFRAIN

To this Child let us pray,
That born was on this day,
Of Mary, the mild may,
To grant us all good cheer,
And love through all our year!

REFRAIN

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Verse from Christmasse Carolles (Wynkyn de Worde, 1521). Refrain from the time of Henry VII or VIII. Collected in Ancient English Christmas Carols (Chatto & Windus, 1914). Both poems are in the public domain and may be reprinted from this website for use in concert programs and for promotional use as related to this musical work.

Translation: 

REFRAIN:
"What seekest Thou, O my Son?"
The sweetest mother kisses...
"What seekest Thou, O my Son?
Clapping hands, give me kisses!"