© Cheryl Frances-Hoad 2019

The Tym is All Ronne

For SATB Choir (with divisions)
(2016) 4 minutes

Commissioned by the London Oriana Choir as part of their five15 project. Premiered by the choir conducted by Dominic Peckham at St. James' Church, Piccadilly on 15th December 2016.

Text

Nowel, nowel, nowel,
Syng we with myrth:
Cryst is come wel
With us to dwell
By hys most noble byrth.

Under a tre
In sportyng me
Alone by a wod syd
I hard a mayd
That swetly sayd,
"I am with chyld this tyd.

Gracyusly
Conceyvyd have I
The Son of God so swete;
Hys gracyous wyll
I put me tyll
As moder hym to kepe.

Both nyght and day
I wyl hym pray
And her hys lawes taught,
And every dell
Hys trewe gospell
In hys apostles fraught.

Thys goostly case
Dooth me embrace
Withowt dyspyte or moke:
With my derlyng
'Lullay' to syng
And lovely hym to roke.

Withowt dystresse
In grete lyghtnesse
I am both nyght and day;
This hevenly fod
In hys chyldhod
Schal dayly with me play.

Soone must I syng
With rejoycyng
For the tym is all ronne
That I schal chyld
All undefyld
The kyng of hevens sonne."

Click here for a modern translation by the Clerk of Oxford

Performance history (post-premiere)


21st December 2019 - The London Oriana Choir conducted by Dominic Ellis-Peckham at St. James's Piccadilly, London, UK

16th December 2019 - The London Oriana Choir conducted by Dominic Ellis-Peckham at St. James's Piccadilly, London, UK

Recorded by the BBC Singers conducted by Katie Thomas in February 2018 along with eight of Cheryl's other choral works. These recordings were then broadcast over two afternoons during BBC Radio 3's Afternoon Concert programme on the 4th and 5th June 2018.