Capel Bond
(1730 - 1790)

Blessed, blessed be the Lord
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An anthem for Christmas Day. Bond was one of the pillars of mid-eighteenth century musical life in Coventry (as organist of the church that was to become the Cathedral) and Birmingham. His "Six Anthems in score", 1769 were sufficiently popular to run to six editions. They were written for parishes with organ (the bass line is also figured), but the composer's directions imply that they could also be performed unaccompanied.
Lyrics: Luke ch.1 & 2

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: for he hath visited and redeemed his people.
Therefore we will rejoice before God.
Rejoice. We will rejoice in the God of our salvation.
Glad tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, goodwill to all men.
Amen.