Charles Wood (arr​.​)​: This Joyful Eastertide

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Charles Wood studied with Stanford at the Royal College of Music in London: he would himself become a Professor of Music there, where his pupils would include Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells. Wood only started composing music for the church in his later years, but it is for this repertoire that he is primarily remembered today; his popular harmonization of the Dutch tune Hoe groot de vrugten zijn (from David’s Psalmen, Amsterdam, 1685) is usually sung to the text “This Joyful Eastertide” by the Anglican priest George Ratcliffe Woodward.


This joyful Eastertide, away with sin and sorrow!
My Love, the crucified, hath sprung to life this morrow.

Had Christ, that once was slain, ne’er burst his three-day prison,
Our faith had been in vain—but now is Christ arisen!

My flesh in hope shall rest, and for a season slumber:
Till trump from east to west shall wake the dead in number.

Death’s flood hath lost its chill, since Jesus crossed the river:
Lover of souls, from ill my passing soul deliver.

George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848–1934)


from Spring Bursts Today: A Celebration of Eastertide, released April 20, 2014



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