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Michaelmas Term Concert
Trinity College Chapel
Academic Year 2010/2011

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released July 4, 2012

Conductor: Roisin Blunnie
Recording: Richard Duckworth

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Founded in 1948, Trinity College Singers is a student-run choral society made up of three choirs; Trinity Singers, Boydell Singers, and the Trinitones.

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Track Name: Make we Joy & Gaudete
Make we joy now in this fest,
in quo Christus natus est.
(On which Christ was born)
Eya!

A Patre unigenitus,
(The father’s only begotten)
Through a mayden is come to us,
Sing we to her and say, Wolcum,
Veni Redemptor gentium.
(O come redeemer of the nations)

Make we joy...

Agnoscat omne seculum,
(Let the whole world acknowledge)
A bright star three kings made cum,
For to seek with their presents,
Verbum supernum prodiens.
(The heavenly word proceeding)

Make we joy...

A solis ortus cardine,
(From the rising of the sun)
So mighty a Lord was none as Hë,
For to our kind hë hath give grith,
Adam parens quod polluit.
(Which Adam, the parent, did pollute)

Make we joy...

Maria ventre concepit,
(Conceived in Mary’s womb)
The Holy Ghost was ay with her,
In Bethlehem yborn Hë is,
Consors paterni luminis.
(Consort of the father of light)

Make we joy...

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Gaudete! gaudete!
Christus est natus ex Maria virgine,
gaudete!

1. Tempus adest gratiae, hoe quod optabamus;
carmina laetitiae devote reddamus. Refrain

2. Deus homo factus est, natura mirante;
mundus renovatus est a Christo regnante. Refrain

3. Ezecaelis orta clausa per transistur;
unde lux est orta, salus invenitur. Refrain

4. Ergo nostra contio psallat iam in lustro;
Benedicat Domino; salus regi nostro. Refrain
Track Name: Sleep
The evening hangs beneath the moon
A silver thread on darkened dune
With closing eyes and resting head
I know that sleep is coming soon

Upon my pillow, safe in bed
A thousand pictures fill my head
I cannot sleep my minds a flight
And yet my limbs seem made of lead

If there are noises in the night
A frighting shadow, flickering light
Then I surrender unto sleep

Where clouds of dreams give second sight

What dreams may come both dark and deep

Of flying wings and soaring leap

As I surrender unto sleep
As I surrender unto sleep
Track Name: Daemon Irrepit Callidus
Daemon irrepit calidus,
Allicit cor honoribus.
Quid amabile Daemon dat
Cor jesu minus aestimat
Daemon point frauds inter cantus,
Saltus, Daemon!
Caro venaratur sensibus;
Sen sus adhaeret dapibus;
In aescatur, impinguatur dilatatur.
Cordis Aestum non explebunt, non arcebunt, Daemon! Daemon!

Translation:

The Demon sneaks expertly
Tempting the honorable heart:
He sets forth trickery amidst praise, song and dance.
However amiably the Demon acts,
It is still worth less than the heart of Jesus.
The Flesh is tempted by sensuality;
Gluttony clings to our senses;
It overgrows, it encroaches, it stretches.
However appealing the Flesh is,
It is still worth less than the heart of Jesus.
Though the Universe may confer
Thousands upon thousands of praises,
They neither fulfill nor put out the desire of the heart.
However appealing the whole Universe is,
It is still worth less than the heart of Jesus.
Track Name: O Magnum Mysterium
Latin text

O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
jacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Christum.
Alleluia.

English translation

O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear
Christ the Lord.
Alleluia!