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To: NYer
Allons, Gay Bergeres

Adam Lay Ybounden

Gaudete, Christus est natus

In Dulce Jubilo

The Lamb (Tavener setting of Blake's poem)

The Sussex Carol ("On Christmas night all Christians sing")

Wie schoen leuchtet der Morgenstern ("How Bright Appears the Morning Star")

Wolcum Yule (from Britten's Ceremony of Carols)

I'm sure I'll think of more! We've sung almost all of these at one time or another.

28 posted on 12/10/2007 11:16:32 AM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: AnAmericanMother

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
Unanimously fall.

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.

160 posted on 12/02/2008 12:47:06 PM PST by nanetteclaret (Blessed Martyrs of Compiegne, Pray for Us!)
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