SATB (divisi) Choir. Maybe Allen Orton Gibbs' finest choral work! (This from folks who know...) Wonderful musical imagery highlights this familiar Richard Crashaw text. Difficult, but if you have the choir to do it, this is a beauty!
Gloomy night embraced the place
Where the noble Infant lay.
The Babe looked up and showed His face;
In spite of darkness, it was day.
It was Thy day, Sweet! and did rise
Not from the East, but from Thine eyes.
Welcome, all Wonders in one sight!
Eternity shut in a span.
Summer to winter, day in night,
Heaven in earth, and God in man.
Great little One! Whose all-embracing birth
Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heaven to earth.