Carol of Joy

I first learned about the young American composer Dan Forrest while putting together last year’s Christmas music – his arrangement of The First Noel took my breath away. Forrest’s work continues to astound me and one of my favourite Christmas pieces is his setting of Eileen Berry’s amazing poem, Carol of Joy.  This year, this is the song of my Christmas.

Carol of Joy 
Poetry by Eileen Berry, Music by Dan Forrest

Green leaves all fallen, withered and dry;
Brief sunset fading, dim winter sky.
Lengthening shadows,
Dark closing in…

Then, through the stillness, carols begin!

Oh 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 snow;
Deep, empty valley veiled by the night;
Hear angel music–hopeful and bright!
Oh fearful world, to you is the song–
Peace with your God, and pardon for wrong!
Tidings for sinners, burdened and bound–

A carol of joy!

A Saviour is found!
Earth wrapped in sorrow, lift up your eyes!
Thrill to the chorus filling the skies!
Look up sad hearted–witness God’s love!
Join in the carol swelling above!
Oh friendless world, to you is the song!
All Heaven’s joy to you may belong!
You who are lonelyladenforlorn
Oh fallen world!
Oh friendless world!

To you,

A Saviour is born!

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