Christemasse

by David Krienke

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This was my third album, and it was recorded over a two week period - late November/early December of 2010, and was released on December 12th. The title "Christemasse" is the old Middle-English spelling, coming from the Old-English "Christes maesse", literally - "Christ's mass". It contains mostly ancient Christmas carols - the oldest known is "The Wexford Carol", which is from 12th century Ireland. "The First Noel" is from medieval England, and "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" was originally a Latin chant of medieval monks. While "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" is a English carol of unknown origin, probably originating in the 17th century. "Away in a Manger" was originally called "Luther's Cradle Hymn" and was credited to Martin Luther, although that claim was never verified, and is no longer believed to be true. And "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" was written in the 18th century by the great hymnist Charles Wesley. Anyway - this album is very special to me - I love that time of year, and I adore the traditional Christmas carols, and look forward to hearing them every Christmas season.

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released December 12, 2010

Cover art "Winter Landscape" by Caspar David Friedrich

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David Krienke Elkhart, Indiana

Born into a family of Gospel singers & musicians in South Bend, Indiana, David began singing & playing the piano as a small child.
In the 1970's, his musical style was shaped by the acoustic rock artists of the time - and in the 1980's David played the local nightclub circuit as keyboardist/singer with the band Justus.
But God comes in places unlooked for - unexpectedly.
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Track Name: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
O come, O come Emmanuel –
And ransom captive Israel –
That mourns in lonely exile here –
Until the Son of God appear.

Refrain
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Dayspring – come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night –
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

~~~Refrain~~~

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high –
And order all things far and nigh.
To us, the path of knowledge show –
And cause us in her ways to go.

~~~Refrain~~~

O come, Desire of nations – bind
All peoples in one heart and mind.
Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease –
Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.

~~~Refrain~~~
Track Name: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Come, Thou long expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free.
From our fears, and sins, release us;
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength, and Consolation;
Hope of all the earth, Thou art.
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born, Thy people to deliver;
Born a Child, and yet a King.
Born to reign in us forever,
Now, Thy gracious Kingdom, bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit,
Rule in all our hearts, alone.
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious Throne.
Track Name: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around,
And glory shone around.

Fear not! said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind.
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind
To you and all mankind.

“To you, in David’s town, this day
Is born of David’s line
A Savior, who is Christ the Lord,
And this shall be the sign,
And this shall be the sign.

The heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid,
And in a manger laid.

Thus spake the seraph and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God on high,
Who thus addressed their song,
Who thus addressed their song:

All glory be to God on high,
And to the Earth be peace;
Good will henceforth from Heav’n to men
Begin and never cease,
Begin and never cease!
Track Name: Angels From the Realms of Glory
Angels, from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth.
Ye, who sang creation’s story, now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

Refrain
Come and worship, come and worship!
Worship Christ, the newborn King!

Shepherds, in the field abiding, watching o’er your flocks by night;
God, with man, is now residing. Yonder shines the Infant Light.

~~~Refrain~~~

Sages, leave your contemplations; brighter visions beam afar.
Seek the great Desire of Nations; ye have seen His natal star.

~~~Refrain~~~

Saints, before the altar, bending, watching long in hope, and fear;
Suddenly, the Lord, descending, in His temple shall appear.

~~~Refrain~~~

Though an infant, now we view Him; He will share His Father’s throne.
Gather all the nations to Him; every knee shall then bow down.

~~~Refrain~~~
Track Name: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King –
Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled”!
Joyful, all ye nations rise – join the triumph of the skies –
With angelic hosts, proclaim – “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Refrain
Hark! The herald angels sing – “Glory to the newborn King”!

Christ, by highest heaven adored – Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time – behold Him come – off-spring of a virgin’s womb!
Veiled in flesh – the Godhead see! Hail the Incarnate Deity!
Pleased – with us in flesh to dwell – Jesus, our Emmanuel!

~~~Refrain~~~

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and Life to all He brings – risen with healing in His wings!
Mild, He lays His glory by – born that man, no more may die!
Born to raise the sons of earth – born to give them second birth!

~~~Refrain~~~

Come, Desire of Nations, come – fix in us Thy humble home!
Rise, the woman’s conquering Seed – bruise in us, the serpent’s head!
Now display Thy saving power – ruined nature, now restore!
Now in mystic union, join Thine to ours, and ours to Thine!

~~~Refrain~~~
Track Name: The First Noel
The first Noel, the angel did say, was to certain poor shepherds
In fields as they lay – in fields where they lay, keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night – that was so deep.

Refrain
Noel – Noel – Noel – Noel!
Born is the King of Israel!

They looked up, and saw a star shining in the east,
Beyond them far – and to the earth it gave great light –
And so, it continued – both day and night.

~~~Refrain~~~

And by the light of that same star, three wise-men came
From country far – to seek for a King, was their intent –
And to follow the star wherever it went.

~~~Refrain~~~

This star drew nigh to the northwest, o’er Bethlehem
It took its rest – and there it did both stop and stay
Right over the place where Jesus lay.

~~~Refrain~~~

Then entered in – those wise-men three – full rev’rently
Upon their knee – and offered there in His presence –
Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense.

~~~Refrain~~~

Then let us all – with one accord – sing praises to
Our heavenly Lord – that hath made heaven and earth of naught –
And with His blood – mankind hath bought.

~~~Refrain~~~
Track Name: Away in a Manger
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed;
The little Lord Jesus, laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky, looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing; the Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus – no crying He makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky,
And stay by my cradle, ‘till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus. I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me I pray.
Bless all the dear children, in Thy tender care,
And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.
Track Name: Once in Royal David's City
Once in royal David’s city
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little Child.

He came down to earth from Heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall;
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Savior holy.

And, through all His wondrous childhood,
He would honor and obey,
Love and watch the lowly maiden,
In whose gentle arms He lay:
Christian children all must be
Mild, obedient, good as He.

For He is our childhood’s pattern;
Day by day, like us He grew;
He was little, weak and helpless,
Tears and smiles like us He knew;
And He feeleth for our sadness,
And He shareth in our gladness.

And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love,
For that Child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in Heav’n above,
And He leads His children on
To the place where He is gone.

Not in that poor lowly stable,
With the oxen standing by,
We shall see Him; but in Heaven,
Set at God’s right hand on high;
Where like stars His children crowned
All in white shall wait around.
Track Name: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Lo, how a rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the rose I have in mind;
With Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind.
To show God’s love aright, she bore to men a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

This flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere;
True man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us,
And lightens every load.
Track Name: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
God rest you merry, gentlemen – let nothing you dismay –
Remember Christ our Savior, was born on Christmas day –
To save us all from Satan’s power, when we were gone astray.

Refrain
O tidings of comfort and joy – comfort and joy!
O tidings of comfort and joy!

In Bethlehem – in Jewry, this blessed Babe was born –
And laid within a manger, upon this blessed morn –
To which, His mother Mary, did nothing take in scorn.

~~~Refrain~~~

From God our heavenly Father, a blessed angel came –
And unto certain shepherds, brought tidings of the same –
How that in Bethlehem was born, the Son of God by Name.

~~~Refrain~~~

Now to the Lord sing praises, all you within this place –
And with true love and brotherhood, each other now embrace –
This holy tide of Christmas, all other doth deface.

~~~Refrain~~~
Track Name: Stille Nacht
Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute heilige Paar.
Holder Knab im lockigten Haar,
Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Gottes Sohn! O wie lacht
Lieb´ aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da schlägt uns die rettende Stund´.
Jesus in deiner Geburt!
Jesus in deiner Geburt!

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Die der Welt Heil gebracht,
Aus des Himmels goldenen Höhn
Uns der Gnaden Fülle läßt seh´n
Jesum in Menschengestalt,
Jesum in Menschengestalt

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Wo sich heut alle Macht
Väterlicher Liebe ergoß
Und als Bruder huldvoll umschloß
Jesus die Völker der Welt,
Jesus die Völker der Welt.

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Lange schon uns bedacht,
Als der Herr vom Grimme befreit,
In der Väter urgrauer Zeit
Aller Welt Schonung verhieß,
Aller Welt Schonung verhieß.

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Alleluja,
Tönt es laut bei Ferne und Nah:
Jesus der Retter ist da!
Jesus der Retter ist da!
Track Name: The Wexford Carol
Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done,
In sending His belovèd Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas Day;
In Bethlehem upon the morn
There was a blest Messiah born.

The night before that happy tide
The noble virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town.
But mark how all things came to pass:
From every door repelled, alas!
As long foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble oxen stall.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;
To whom God’s angels did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear.
Prepare and go, the angels said,
To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
For there you’ll find, this happy morn,
A princely babe, sweet Jesus born.

With thankful heart and joyful mind,
The shepherds went the babe to find,
And as God’s angel has foretold,
They did our Savior Christ behold.
Within a manger He was laid,
And by His side the virgin maid
Attending to the Lord of Life,
Who came on earth to end all strife.