Category Archives: Advent & Christmas

Candlemas

Today is Candlemas, otherwise known as the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. And the Lord, whom ye seek, Shall suddenly come to his temple, Even the messenger of the covenant, Whom ye delight in: Behold, he … Continue reading

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The King Shall Come

The King shall come when morning dawns And light triumphant breaks, When beauty gilds the eastern hills And life to joy awakes. Not as of old a little child, To bear and fight and die, But crowned with glory like … Continue reading

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The Holly and the Ivy

I love the obliquity of some of the older Christmas carols. What do holly and ivy have to do with the birth of Christ? The early modern caroling imagination knew the answer. The holly and the ivy, Now both are … Continue reading

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From 1684

One of the Wexford carols. On Christmas night all Christians sing To hear the news the angels bring. News of great joy, cause of great mirth News of our King, his birth. The King of Kings of earth and heaven … Continue reading

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ERO CRAS

Tomorrow, I will be there.

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Solstice

The darkest midnight in December, No snow, no hail, nor winter storm, Shall hinder us for to remember, The Babe that on this night was born. With shepherds we are come to see, This lovely Infant’s glorious charms, Born of … Continue reading

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Isaiah in meter

Not all metrical psalms are from the Book of Psalms. Here is a peerless version of Isaiah 40:1-5 (quoted in my previous post), doubling as an old Advent song from the 17th century. Comfort, comfort, ye my people, Speak ye peace, thus … Continue reading

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