Hither Ye Faithful

by Cath and Phil Tyler

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released December 14, 2015




Cath and Phil Tyler Newcastle, UK

Cath & Phil Tyler play Anglo-American folk music using guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle. Coming together musically through a shared love of traditional narrative song, full voiced sacred harp singing and sparse mountain banjo, they have performed on stages as diverse as the Royal Opera House in London and a dank tower in the old city walls of Newcastle. ... more

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Track Name: O Sight of Anguish (Occam's Carol)
Words by Samson Occam (1774)

O sight of anguish! view it near,
What weeping innocence is here,
A manger for his bed!
The brutes yield refuge to his woe,
Man the worst brute no pity show,
Nor give him friendly aid.

Though now an infant bath'd in tears,
He call'd to form the whirling spheres;
And seraphs own'd his nod.
Helpless he calls, but men delay;
And guilty sinners disobey
The earth-born Son of God.

Say, radiant seraphs, thron'd in light,
Did love e'er tow'r so high a flight,
Or glory sink so low?
This wonder angels scarce declare
Angels the rapture cannot bear,
Nor equal praise bestow.

Redemption! 'tis a boundless theme!
Thou boundless mind, our hearts inflame
With ardor from above.
Words are but faint, let joy express;
Vain is mere joy, let actions bless
This prodigy of love.