Realization

Christmas tree A new carol that has captured my heart this season is John Rutter’s “All the Bells in Paradise.” Sung here by the incomparable Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, the text is written below.

Deep in the cold of winter, darkness and silence were everywhere;
Softly and clearly, there came through the stillness a wonderful sound to hear:
All bells in paradise I heard them ring, sounding in majesty the news that they bring;
All bells in paradise I heard them ring, welcoming our Saviour, born on earth a heavenly King.
All bells in paradise I heard them ring: ‘Glory to God on high’ the angel voices sing.

Lost in awe and wonder, doubting I asked what this sign might be:
Christ our Messiah revealed in a stable, a marvelous sight to see.
All bells in paradise I heard them ring, sounding in majesty the news that they bring;
All bells in paradise I heard them ring, Welcoming our Saviour, born on earth a heavenly King.

He comes down in peace, a child in humility, the keys to his kingdom belong to the poor;
Before him shall kneel the kings with their treasures, gold, incense and myrrh.
All bells in paradise I heard them ring, Sounding in majesty the news that they bring;
All bells in paradise I heard them ring, Welcoming our Saviour, born on earth a heavenly King.
All bells in paradise I heard them ring: ‘Glory to God on high’ the angel voices sweetly sing.

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