Come Young Men and Maidens to Sing!

“Come Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing”

A New Old Hymn, after the Easter witness of Mary and Thomas.

 

“Come Young Men and Maidens to Sing”

The “Alleluya” in this manuscript heads off death (with it’s capital “A”) as it leads into the hymn “O Filii et Filiae” (“O Young Men and Maidens”), written by Franciscan Jean Tisserand (d. 1494). A preacher and liturgist, Tisserand also founded the Refuge of St. Madeleine for “des Filles-Repenties” (“girls in repentance”) seeking refuge from prostitution.

Oft-translated into French and English, Sinead O’Connor sings a version of “O Filii et Filiae” in the original Latin.

 

 

“Come Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing”
is based on the Easter witness of Mary and Thomas given in the Gospel of John, chapter 20.

 

“Come Sons and Daughters, Let Us Sing”

 

Come sons and daughters, let us sing,
marvels of Easter witnessing,
as faithful Mary made her way,
to find the place where Jesus lay.

 

From out a tomb of emptiness
spoke one beheld in amazement,
Who once they buried crucified,
risen from death to walk beside.

 

“Take this my hand to hold in yours,
trace out the wounding that’s been shared,
take full my Spirit into your life,
release for healing these longing beside.”

 

Come sons and daughters, let us sing,
turning from death to Christ believe;
his new commandment here to know
that in this love God’s peace may grow.

 

–by W. B. Jones, 2011, after “O Filii et Filiae” by Jean Tisserand, OFM (d. 1494), based on John 20. (LM, may be sung to “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life.”)

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