What Sweeter Music

What sweeter music is there than a Christmas carol? None. This piece by English choral composer John Rutter (which melts my heart every time I hear it) agrees.

What sweeter music can we bring than a carol, for to sing
The birth of this our heavenly King? Awake the voice! Awake the string!

Dark and dull night fly hence away, and give the honor to this day that sees December turned to May.

Why does the chilling winter’s morn smile, like a field beset with corn?
Or smell like a meadow newly shorn thus on the sudden? Come and see
The cause, why things thus fragrant be.
Tis he is born, whose quickening birth gives life and lustre, public mirth,
To heaven and the underearth.

We see him come, and know him ours who, with his sunshine and his showers,
Turns all the patient ground to flowers.
The darling of the world is come, and fit it is, we find a room
To welcome him, to welcome him.
The nobler part of all the house here, is the heart, which we will give him;
And bequeath this holly, and this ivy wreath,
To do him honor; who’s our King, and Lord of all this revelling.

What sweeter music can we bring than a carol, for to sing
The birth of this our heavenly King?

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One thought on “What Sweeter Music

  1. I”m so glad that Rutter was embraced by North American choirs and conductors. They sing this so well. One of the things on my bucket list is to see/hear Rutter conduct or lead a workshop.

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