Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Carol for 2015 - Caroling with footnoteMaven

As November turns to December, I begin listening to quiet Christmas music in the background of my other activities.  At least one song or carol always stays pleasantly in my mind and becomes my favorite for the year.  It is so this year.  "What Sweeter Music" by John Rutter is not a traditional carol but I love it just the same.



Here are the lyrics in case you'd like to sing along or can't understand as you listen.

               What Sweeter Music
               by John Rutter

               What sweeter music can we bring
               Than a carol, for to sing
               The birth of this our heavenly King?
               Awake the voice! Awake the string!

               Dark and dull night, fly hence away,
               And give the honor to this day,
               That sees December turned to May.
               That sees December turned to May.

               Why does the chilling winter's morn
               Smile, like a field beset with corn?
               Or smell like a meadow newly-shorn,
               Thus, on the sudden? Come and see
               The cause, why things thus fragrant be:
               'Tis He is born, whose quickening birth
               Gives life and luster, public mirth,
               To heaven, and the under-earth.

               We see him come, and know him ours,
               Who, with his sunshine and his showers,
               Turns all the patient ground to flowers.
               Turns all the patient ground to flowers.
               The darling of the world is come,
               And fit it is, we find a room
               To welcome him. To welcome him.
               The nobler part of all the house here, is the heart.

               Which we will give him; and bequeath
               This holly, and this ivy wreath,
               To do him honour, who's our King,
               And Lord of all this revelling.

               What sweeter music can we bring,
               Than a carol for to sing
               The birth of this our heavenly King?
               The birth of this our heavenly King?


I hope you're having a joyful Christmas season.  I wish you and those you love God's richest blessings!

I'm sharing this post on Friends of footnoteMaven's Facebook Group.

--Nancy.
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4 comments:

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, too, dear Brenna!

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  2. Nancy, Merry Christmas, and all the best to you and your family in 2016!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!

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