Rorate Coeli


By Frederick Frahm. Music for organ solo.


After a poem by Alice Meynell:

“Advent Meditation” (1975)

Rorate coeli desuper, et nubes pluant Justum.
Aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.

No sudden thing of glory and fear
Was the Lord’s coming; but the dear
Slow Nature’s days followed each other
To form the Saviour from His Mother
— One of the children of the year.

The earth, the rain, received the trust,
— The sun and dews, to frame the Just.
He drew His daily life from these,
According to His own decrees
Who makes man from the fertile dust.

Sweet summer and the winter wild,
These brought him forth, the Undefiled.
The happy Springs renewed again
His daily bread, the growing grain,
The food and raiment of the Child.

Premiere performance by Carson Cooman
Memorial Church, Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA   USA
6 December 2023


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