The Palms
by Jean-Baptiste Faure

    The composer of this work, Jean-Baptiste Faure, should NOT be confused with the far more famous Gabriel Faure.  I have been asked this and I thought I'd make that clear before I said anything else.

    I had never heard of The Palms (or Jean-Baptiste for that matter) until a few years ago.  The Nashua Flute Choir had been asked to play a church service for Palm Sunday and the pastor absolutely loved this piece but could find no one to play it.  Well, never one to turn down a challenge, I went out and managed to find a very old copy of the vocal score to this.  The rest, as they say, is history.

    This piece is written for 4 C flutes, alto flute and bass flute.  Like many of my works, none of the parts is optional.  The flute 1 part has the melody all the way through and for anyone who might want to have this for a church service, I've included the words on part 1 (and in the score) so it could be sung.  I adhered to the key signature of the soprano vocal score to maintain the singability (although it would be an octave lower than the flute plays it).

    I've also had a number of requests for the words to this piece lately, so...
 

English French
1. O'er all the way, green palms and blossoms gay
Are strewn this day in festal preparation,
Where Jesus comes to wipe our tears away,
E'en now the throng to welcome Him prepare,
Join all and sing, His name declare,
Let ev'ry voice resound with acclamation.
Hosanna! Praised be the Lord!
Bless Him who cometh to bring us salvation!
Sur nos chemins les rameaux et les fleurs
Sont répandus dans ce grand jour de fête,
Jésus s'avance, il vient sécher nos pleurs,
Déjà la foule à l'aclamer s'apprête;
Peuples, chantez, chantez en choeur,
Que votre voix à notre voix réponde.
Hosanna! Gloire au Seigneur!
Béni celui qui vient sauver le monde!
2. His word goes forth, and peoples by its might
Once more regain freedom from degradation,
humanity doth give to each his right,
While those in darkness find restored the light,
Join all and sing, His name declare,
Let ev'ry voice resound with acclamation.
Hosanna! Praised be the Lord!
Bless Him who cometh to bring us salvation!
Il a parlé, les peoples à sa voix
Ont recouvré leur liberté perdue;
L'humanité donne à chacun ses droits,
Et la lumière est à  chacun rendue;
Peuples, chantez, chantez en choeur,
Que votre voix à notre voix réponde.
Hosanna! Gloire au Seigneur!
Béni celui qui vient sauver le monde!
3. Sing and rejoice, O blest Jerusalem,
Of all Thy sons sing the emancipation.
Through boundless love the Christ of Bethlehem
Brings faith and hope to Thee forevermore.
Join all and sing, His name declare,
Let ev'ry voice resound with acclamation.
Hosanna! Praised be the Lord!
Bless Him who cometh to bring us salvation!
Réjouis-toi, Sainte Jérusalem,
De tes enfants chante la délivrance;
Par charité le Dieu de Bethléhem
Avec la foi t'apporte l'espérance!
Peuples, chantez, chantez en choeur,
Que votre voix à notre voix réponde.
Hosanna! Gloire au Seigneur!
Béni celui qui vient sauver le monde!

As far as the French lyrics go, don't hold me to them.  I did a quick proof as I was typing, but since I don't speak French there may be errors that don't jump out at me.  If you want to look at it and point them out to me in a friendly, positive manner, I'll happily fix them. You have my thanks in advance for helping me find any errors. 

Recently, an alternate set of lyrics was brought to my attention from a four part arrangement by Bryceson Treharne, written in 1929.  For those of you out there that might be wondering about them, I figured I'd add them here.

Around our way the palm trees and the flow’rs

Send for their perfume on our festal day

Jesus appears he comes to dry our tears

Already crowds approach and homage pay

 

All nations sing and chant his praise

Now let your voices join with ours and anthems raise

Hosanna!  Glory to God!

Blessed, blessed is he who comes bringing salvation.

 

His voice is heard, and nations, at the sound

Have now regained that freedom sought in vein

Humanity shall ev’rywhere abound

For light to all the world is giv’n again.

 

All nations sing and chant his praise

Now let your voices join with ours and anthems raise

Hosanna!  Glory to God!

Blessed, blessed is he who comes bringing salvation.

 

Rejoice thou saintly Jerusalem

Thy children now sing the redeemer’s name

For by his grace the God of Bethlehem

Brings them new faith and hope confirms the same.

 

All nations sing and chant his praise

Now let your voices join with ours and anthems raise

Hosanna!  Glory to God!

Blessed, is he who comes bringing salvation,

Bringing salvation,

Bringing salvation!

Glory to God!

All of my flute choir works can be purchased at http://www.fallshousepress.com.  The Palms can be found under Flute Choir - Holiday and Sacred.

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