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A Christmas Carol

SATB with Percussion
Listen to A Christmas Carol

The G.K. Chesterton poem, A Christmas Carol, is one of my favorites.  I was so happy to set it to music, and then to receive a recording from David Young with his Illinois Wesleyan University Choir, I was very pleased with the results.  Your singers will enjoy the dialogue between the sopranos (Child) and the basses (World), with the "bells" of the altos and tenors in the distance. All the voices join together for an expressive ending to this subtle lullaby.  I think the triangle and wood block add needed color and rhythm to the work.  A unique addition to any Christmas service or concert.

Here's the poem:

A Christmas Carol
by G. K. Chesterton

The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O Weary, Weary were the world,
But here is all aright.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary's breast,
His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the Kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary's heart,
His hair was like a fire.
(O Weary, Weary is the world,
But here the world's desire.)

The Christ-child stood at Mary's knee,
His hair was like a crown,
And all the flowers looked up at Him,
And all the stars looked down.