Adapting Longfellow’s “Three Kings” with The Golden Carol

Recording of “The Three Kings” poem of Longfellow sung to
“The Golden Carol” music of Stainer. Piano & voice. 6 minutes long.
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A folk-music piece with a small-classical legacy.
A Rhythmically Uncertain Poem is Brought Vividly to Life in Song.

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1) Three Kings came riding from far away,
Melchior and Gaspar and Baltasar;
Three Wise Men out of the East were they,
And they travelled by night and they slept by day,
For their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star.
2) The star was so beautiful, large and clear,
That all the other stars of the sky
Became a white mist in the atmosphere,
And by this they knew that the coming was near
Of the Prince foretold in the prophecy.
3) Three caskets of they bore on their saddle-bows,
Three caskets of gold with golden keys;
Their robes were of crimson silk with rows
Of bells, pomegranates and furbelows,
Their turbans like blossoming almond-trees.
4) And so the Three Kings rode into the West,
Through the dusk of the night, over hill & dell,
& sometimes they nodded with beard on breast,
And sometimes talked, as they paused to rest,
With the people they met at some wayside well.
5) “Of the child that is born,” said Baltasar,
“Good people, I pray you, tell us the news;
For we in the East have seen his star,
And have ridden fast, and have ridden far,
To find and worship the King of the Jews.”
6) And the people answered, “You ask in vain;
We know of no King but Herod the Great!”
They thought the Wise Men were men insane,
As they spurred their horses across the plain,
Like riders in haste, who cannot wait.
7) And when they came to Jerusalem,
Herod the Great, who had heard this thing,
Sent for the Wise Men and questioned them;
And said, “Go down unto Bethlehem,
And bring me tidings of this new king.”
8) So they rode away; and the star stood still,
The only one in the grey of morn;
Yes, it stopped—it stood still of its own free will,
Right over Bethlehem on the hill,
The city of David, where Christ was born.
9) And the Three Kings rode through the gate and the guard,
Through the silent street, till their horses turned
And neighed as they entered the great inn-yard;
But the windows were closed, and the doors were barred,
And only a light in the stable burned.
10) And cradled there in the scented hay,
In the air made sweet by the breath of kine,
The little child in the manger lay,
The child, that would be king one day
Of a kingdom not human, but divine.
11) His mother Mary of Nazareth
Sat watching beside his place of rest,
Watching the even flow of his breath,
For the joy of life and the terror of death
Were mingled together in her breast.
12) They laid their offerings at his feet:
The gold was their tribute to a King,
The frankincense, with its odor sweet,
Was for the Priest, the Paraclete,
The myrrh for the body’s burying.
13) And the mother wondered and bowed her head,
And sat as still as a statue of stone,
Her heart was troubled yet comforted,
Remembering what the Angel had said
Of an endless reign and of David’s throne.
14) Then the Kings rode out of the city gate,
With a clatter of hoofs in proud array;
But they went not back to Herod the Great,
For they knew his malice and feared his hate,
And returned to their homes by another way.

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Ave Maria de Fatima


Tres Pastorcitos

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Our Lady Statue


El trece de mayo, la Virgen María
bajó de los cielos a Cova de Iría

Ave, ave, ave, María
Ave, ave, ave, María

A tres pastorcitos, la Madre de Dios
descubre el misterio de su corazón

Haced penitencia, haced oración
por los pecadores, implorad perdón.

El Santo Rosario, constantes rezad
y la paz del mundo el Señor dará.

De vuestros hijitos ¡oh Madre! escuchad
la tierna plegaria y dadnos la paz

¡Qué llena de encantos se ofrece María!
¡qué bella y qué pura en Cova de Iría!
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O Sanctissima

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1) O sanctissima, o piissima,
dulcis Virgo Maria!
Mater amata, intemerata,
ora, ora pro nobis.

2) Tu solatium et refugium,
Virgo Mater Maria.
Quidquid optamus, per te speramus;
ora, ora pro nobis.
3) Ecce debiles, perquam flebiles;
salva nos, o Maria!
Tolle languores, sana dolores;
ora, ora pro nobis.
4) Virgo, respice, Mater, aspice;
audi nos, o Maria!
Tu medicinam portas divinam;
ora, ora pro nobis.

1) O most holy, o most loving,
sweet Virgin Mary!
Beloved Mother, undefiled,
pray, pray for us.
2) You are solace and refuge,
Virgin Mother Mary.
Whatever we wish, we hope it through you;
pray, pray for us.
3) Look, we are weak and deeply deplorable;
save us, o Mary!
Take away our lassitude, heal our pains;
pray, pray for us.
4)Virgin, look at us, Mother, care for us;
hear us, o Mary!
You bring divine medicine;
pray, pray for us.
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To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King

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To Jesus Christ, our Sov’reign King,
Who is the world’s salvation,
All praise and homage do we bring,
And thanks and adoration.
Christ Jesus Victor, Christ Jesus Ruler!
Christ Jesus, Lord and Redeemer!
2. Thy reign extend, O King benign,
To ev’ry land and nation,
For in Thy kingdom, Lord divine,
Alone we find salvation.
3. To Thee and to Thy Church, great King,
We pledge our hearts’ oblation,
Until before Thy throne we sing,
In endless jubilation.


Father Thomas Crean and Dr. Alan Fimister
Integralism: A Manual of Political Philosophy

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Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence – Picardy

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1 Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly minded,
for with blessing in His hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to demand.
2 King of kings, yet born of Mary,
as of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture –
in the body and the blood.
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.
3 Rank on rank the host of heaven
spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day,
that the pow’rs of hell may vanish
as the darkness clears away.
4 At His feet the six-winged seraph,
cherubim, with sleepless eye,
veil their faces to the Presence,
as with ceaseless voice they cry,
“Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, Lord most high!”
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O Sacrament Most Holy and Soul of Christ Sanctify Me (Anima Christi)


In Thanksgiving for the Priestly Ministry of Monsignor Edward Joseph Kavanagh

It was Monsignor Kavanagh’s habit, probably at every mass he ever said,
to lead the congregation during the Ablutions, with the prayers
“O Sacrament Most Holy”,
“Soul of Christ Sanctify Me”,
and repeating, “O Sacrament Most Holy”.

O Sacrament Most Holy

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1. O Jesus, we adore You, Who,
in Your love divine,

Conceal Your mighty Godhead
In forms of bread and wine.
O Sacrament Most Holy,
O Sacrament Divine,

All praise and
all thanksgiving
Be ev’ry moment Thine!
2. O Jesus, we adore You, our
victim and our priest,

Whose precious blood and body
Become our Sacred feast.
3. O Jesus, we adore You,
Our Savior and our King,

And with the saints and angels
Our humble homage bring. REFRAIN
4. O Jesus, we adore You;
Come, live in us we pray,

That all our thoughts & actions
be Yours alone today.
5. O come, all you who labor In
sorrow and in pain;

Come, eat this Bread from heaven;
your peace and strength regain. REFRAIN

Soul of Christ, Sanctify Me (Anima Christi)

Anima Christi, sanctifica me.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Corpus Christi, salva me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Sanguis Christi, inebria me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passio Christi, conforta me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O bone Jesu, exaudi me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Intra tua vulnera absconde me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Ne permittas me separari a te.
Suffer me never to be separated from Thee.
Ab hoste maligno defende me.
From the malignant enemy defend me.
In hora mortis meae voca me.
In the hour of my death call me.
Et iube me venire ad te.
And bid me come unto Thee.
Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te.
That with Thy Saints I may praise Thee.
In saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Forever. Amen.

Anima Christi sheet music

En español – Alma de Cristo

1. Alma de Cristo, santifícame.
2. Cuerpo de Cristo, sálvame.
3. Sangre de Cristo, embriágame.
4. Agua del costado de Cristo, lávame.
5. Pasión de Cristo, confórtame.
6. ¡Oh, buen Jesús!, óyeme.
7. Dentro de tus llagas, escóndeme.
8. No permitas que me aparte de Ti.
9. Del maligno enemigo, defiéndeme.
10. En la hora de mi muerte, llámame.
11. Y mándame ir a Ti.
12. Para que con tus santos te alabe.
13. Por los siglos de los siglos. Amén.

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Pray For the Dead – Purgatorial Hymn

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To Jesus’ Heart All Burning (The Sacred Heart of Jesus)

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1. To Jesus’ Heart, all burning
With fervent love for men,
My heart with fondest yearning
Shall raise its joyful strain.
While ages course along,
Blest be with loudest song
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
By ev’ry heart and tongue!
2. Too true I have forsaken
Thy love by wilful sin;
Yet now let me be taken
Back by Thy grace again.
3. As Thou art meek and lowly,
And ever pure of heart,
So may my heart be wholly
Of Thine the counterpart,
4. O that to me were given
The pinions of a dove,
I’d speed aloft to heaven,
My Jesus’ love to prove.
5. When life away is flying,
And earth’s false glare is done;
Still, Sacred heart, in dying
I’ll say I’m all Thine own.

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Sweet Sacrament Divine

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1 Sweet Sacrament divine,
hid in Thine earthly home,
lo, round Thy lowly shrine,
with suppliant hearts we come;
Jesus, to Thee our voice we raise
in songs of love and heartfelt praise:
sweet Sacrament divine,
sweet Sacrament divine.
2 Sweet Sacrament of peace,
dear home for every heart,
where restless yearnings cease
and sorrows all depart;
there in Thine ear all trustfully
we tell our tale of misery:
sweet Sacrament of peace,
sweet Sacrament of peace.
3 Sweet Sacrament of rest,
ark from the ocean’s roar,
within Thy shelter blest
soon may we reach the shore;
save us, for still the tempest raves,
save, lest we sink beneath the waves:
sweet Sacrament of rest,
sweet Sacrament of rest.
4 Sweet Sacrament divine,
earth’s light and jubilee,
in Thy far depths doth shine
Thy Godhead’s majesty;
sweet light, so shine on us, we pray,
that earthly joys may fade away:
sweet Sacrament divine,
sweet Sacrament divine.
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Lead Kindly Light – St. John Henry Cardinal Newman

Lead Kindly Light – the Song – For YOU to Sing

Half a century ago, the Catholic Lead Kindly Light (in effect, Amazing Grace with brains), was in the 1940 editions of all the mainline Protestant hymnals, including Baptist and Seventh Day Adventist. The original key was Ab, perhaps only coincidentally because black-note key tranpositions give more leverage when playing on an acoustic piano.

However, now in the age of synthetic pianos, here it is transposed into the “easy” key of G major, with chords for guitar. Lead Kindly Light, St. John Henry Cardinal Newman’s most celebrated poem, (except for The Dream of Gerontius, music by Sir Edward Elgar), is virtually unknown among his Catholic co-religionists. (The LDS have rather hijacked it, with a triumphalist performance style that is completely unwarranted in view of the penitential character of the hymn.)

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Piano only

(It has a rather Evangelical character, seeming to belie the fact that it was originally composed for 4-part vocal with organ background.)
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Holy Ghost with Light Divine

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Holy Ghost With Light Divine THUMBNAIL

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