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Posted on 12/10/2007 10:37:26 AM PST by NYer
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Red rover, red rover, send Jersey right over.
We Calvinists are far too busy debating whether atonement is limited or unlimited to be concerned about Christmas.
Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.
'In honor of this holy season' Saint Peter said, 'You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.'
The first man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. 'It represents a candle', he said.
'You may pass through the pearly gates' Saint Peter said.
The second man reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, 'They're bells.'
Saint Peter said 'You may pass through the pearly gates'.
The third man started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women's panties.
St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, 'And just what do those symbolize?'
The man replied, 'These are Carols.'
I met my wife, Carol, around Christmas and when we were first married I used to call her my Christmas Carol. But now I call her my Ancient Yuletide Carol. She is not amused.
A favorite of mine as well.
Nothin’ beats ‘Banjo Christmas Carols!’
(While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night)
“Ding Dong, Merrily on High”
“Hark The Herald Angels Sing”
My favorite - The Shepherd’s Carol by William Billings (beautifully sung by the Robert Shaw Chorale about 50 years ago!)
1. Methinks I see an heav’nly host
Of angels on the wing
Methinks I hear their cheerful notes
So merrily they sing:
Let all your fears be banish’d hence,
Glad tidings I proclaim,
For there’s a Saviour born today,
And Jesus is his name.
2. Lay down your crooks and quit your flocks,
To Bethlehem repair;
And let your wand’ring steps be squar’d
By yonder shining star.
Seek not in courts or palaces,
Nor royal curtains draw;
But search the stable, see your God
Extended on the straw.
3. Then learn from hence, ye rural Swains,
The Meekness of your God,
Who left the boundless Realms of Joy
To Ransom you with blood.
The Master of the Inn refus’d
A more commodious Place;
Ungenerous Soul of Savage Mould,
And destitute of Grace.
4. Exult ye oxen, low for joy,
Ye tenants of the stall,
Pay your obeisance, on your knees
The royal guest you entertain
Is not of common birth,
But second to the great I Am;
The God of heav’n and earth.
5. Then suddenly a heav’nly host
Around the shepherds throng,
Exulting in the threefold God
And thus address their song.
To God the Father, Christ the Son,
And Holy Ghost ador’d;
The First and Last, the Last and First,
Eternal praise afford.
No one's favorite Carol is Mrs. Brady?
Guillaime Costeley (16th c.) "Come, happy shepherds, follow me!" This is a much better rendition than the others I found on YouTube -- it has to be sung lightly and briskly, in Renaissance style. The others I found are almost operatic, and it sounds awful.
Medieval text, setting by Boris Orde.
Gaudete, Christus est natus. The Lancashire accents are still a riot.
In Dulce Jubilo. Michael Praetorius. What's called a "macaronic carol" - with words in Latin and the vernacular (in this case, German).
The Lamb (Tavener setting of Blake's poem). Believe it or not our choir actually sang this and hit it on the head. Stick with it, it goes into E Minor and sounds very nice.
I'll try to run the others down . . . I can waste HOURS on YouTube.