This is a version of my text of the Benedictus conceived as an English folk-song. Apologies for the sound quality, which does seem to sound as if the singer and brass are inside a tunnel somewhere outside of Leeds.
Here are the words (the tune was suggested by by friend and colleague Richard of Caught by the Light:
Bless’d be the God of Israel
who sets his people free.
He has raised up a Savior from
the branch of Jesse’s tree.
His prophets promised us of old
that we would find release
from bondage and captivity,
and come to know his peace.
Our forebears heard his promises,
as by himself he swore
that one day we would worship him
in righteousness once more.
And you, my child, shall be the one
to clear your Master’s way,
who’ll guide us out of this dark place
and lead us into day.
So God will let us know of grace,
in saving us from sin,
a light that shines in darkest night
from death our souls will win.
All praise to God the Father, with
the Son and Spirit One,
as was, is now, and will be, while
eternal ages run.
Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG