Wine Thou Blessing
An a cappella diversion for mixed chorus.

Duration: 3' 45"
Difficulty: 3/5

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Text
Wine Thou Blessing
from the Latin

Wine, the good and bland, thou blessing
Of the good, the bad’s distressing,
Sweet of taste by all confessing,
Hail, thou world’s felicity!
Hail thy hue, life’s gloom dispelling
Hail thy taste, all tastes expelling;
By thy pow’r, in this thy dwelling
Deign to make us drunk with thee!

Oh how blest for bounteous uses
Is the birth of pure wine-juices!
Safe’s the table which produces
Wine in goodly quality,
Oh, in color how auspicious!
Oh, in odor how delicious!
In the mouth how sweet, propitious
To the tongue enthralled by thee.

Blest the man who first thee planted,
Called thee by thy name enchanted!
He whose cups have ne’er been scanted
Dreads no danger that may be.
Blest the belly where thou bidest!
Blest the tongue where thou residest!
Blest the mouth through which thou glidest,
And the lips thrice blessed by thee!

Therefore, let wine’s praise be sounded,
Health to topers all propounded:
We shall never be confounded,
Toping for eternity!
Pray we: here be thou still flowing,
Plenty on our board bestowing,
While with jocund voice we’re showing
How we serve thee Jubilee!
How we serve thee Jubilee!
Amen.
Commission & Performance History
Commissioned by Zephyr: Voices Unbound and premiered on June 12, 1999 in Corona Del Mar, California.