Musical offering for the tenth day of Christmas

January 3, 2023

Green leaves all fallen, withered and dry;
Brief sunset fading, dim winter sky;
Lengthening shadows, dark closing in;
Then through the stillness, carols begin.

Oh fallen world, to you is the song;
Death holds you fast and night tarries long.
Jesus is born, your curse to destroy;
Sweet to your ears, a carol of joy.

Pale moon ascending, solemn and slow;
Cold barren hillside, shrouded in snow;
Deep, empty valley veiled by the night;
Hear angel music, hopeful and bright.

Oh fearful world, to you is the song;
Peace with your God, and pardon for wrong;
Tidings for sinners, burdened and bound,
A carol of joy, a Saviour is found.

Earth wrapped in sorrow, lift up your eyes;
Thrill to the chorus filling the skies;
Look up, sad hearted; witness God’s love;
Join in the carol swelling above.

Oh friendless world, to you is the song;
All heaven’s joy to you may belong.
You who are lonely, laden, forlorn,
Now unto you, a Saviour is born.


Musical offering for the third day of Christmas

December 27, 2022

What strangers are these that wander through the town?
Hush, ‘tis Joseph and weary Mary.
And what does he seek so hopeless and in vain?
He is seeking shelter for Mary.
For she is the blest and chosen of the Lord,
Who will bear to us a goodly King.
And who is this King whom ye proudly sing?
Know ye not the Christ, Jesus the Savior?

What wee child is this that in a manger lies?
Hush, ‘tis Jesus Christ, son of Mary.
Say what fair maid is this whose joy is mixed with awe?
O ‘tis Mary, mother of Jesus.
O these are the shepherds and these the magi kings
Who have brought Him their gifts of gold and myrrh.
But why kneel in homage here before a babe?
They adore their King, Jesus the Savior.

Who are these that march from death unto life?
These are they who love Jesus the Christ Child.
And how do they triumph o’er the gates of hell?
Through the grace of Him, Jesus the Savior.
He is born to redeem mankind from sin and strife,
To bring peace, joy, love and brotherhood.
O where shall I find Him? Where shall I seek?
He is here and now, Jesus your Savior.


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A Swedish folk song arranged for choir by Dan Forrest.


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