Musical offering for Epiphany

January 6, 2019

We rode all night through fields of darkness,
Our guiding light, the eastern stars;
We came to Bethlehem, we all were weary:
We’d travelled far that night, we’d travelled far.

We heard that here we’d find Messiah
Foretold by seers from days of old;
We looked for palaces, and found a stable;
Could it be here, so bare and cold?

We entered in and there we saw Him;
It seemed we’d known Him from long before.
A Child like any child, yet somehow different:
The face of every child in Him we saw.

We brought Him gifts and now we offer them,
We knelt down low in silent prayer.
With eyes that seem to know both joy and sadness,
The Child looked down as we knelt there.

So long ago, yet I remember,
That Child who lay at Mary’s knee.
How strange that every child seemed so much like Him
His is the face I seem to see.


Some beautiful music for the eighth day of Christmas

January 1, 2017

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.


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