Carol of Joy

I thought I would kick off December by sharing a Christmas song and what better way than with this lovely choral piece. I think it’s musically too complex for congregational singing but it is gorgeous and the words communicate so clearly that Jesus came to break the curse of sin and redeem a fallen world. The first two verses tell of his incarnation. The third verse calls to those without Christ, those “lonely, laden, forlorn” now. He can be your Savior now.

Carol of Joy
Green leaves all fallen, withered and dry;
brief sunset fading, dim winter sky;
lengthening shadows, dark closing in;
then through the stillness, carols begin.
O 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 show.
Deep, empty valley, veiled by the night;
hear angel music, hopeful and bright.
O fearful world, to you is the song!
Peace with your God, and pardon for wrong.
Tidings for sinners, burdened and bound;
carol of joy, a Savior is found!

Earth wrapped in sorrow, lift up your eyes!
Thrill to the chorus filling the skies,
Look up, sadhearted! Witness God’s love;
join in the carol swelling above!
O 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 Savior is born.

(c) 2007 Eileen Berry, Dan Forrest

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