Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Carols


Below is a lovely old Christmas carol with words and music by Thomas Ravenscroft, 1611. This is a carol sung by the choir in Under The Greenwood Tree that really captured my attention. In the film they only sang the last two verses. I ldo enjoy caroling!

1. Remember, O thou man,
O thou man, O thou man.
Remember, O thou man,
Thy time is spent:
Remember, O thou man,
How thou art dead and gone,
And I did what I can,
Therefore repent.

2. The Angels all did sing,
O thou man, O thou man,
The Angels all did sing,
Upon the hill:
The Angels all did sing
Praise to our Heavenly King,
And peace to man living,
With a good will.

3. To Bethlem did they go,
O thou man, O thou man,
To Bethlem did they go,
The shepherds three:
To Bethlem did they go,
To see where it were so,
If Christ were born or no
To set men free.

4. In Bethlem he was born,
O thou man, O thou man,
In Bethlem he was born,
For mankind's sake:
In Bethlem he was born
For us that were forlorn,
And therefore took no scorn,
Our flesh to take.

5. Give thanks to God always,
O thou man, O thou man,
Give thanks to God always,
Most joyfully:
Give thanks to God always
For this our happy day,
Let all men sing and say,
Holy, holy.

My sister and I had a lovely time yesterday with a group of young ladies from church. We all drove from our small town to the big city and enjoyed some gift shopping at the mall there. Then after a quick but yummy lunch we went straight to a concert celebrating the Magic of Christmas.

It was held in a georgous old-fashioned looking concert hall that has me wondering "where is the Phantom of this opera?" The concert featured a Broadway actor singing and acting out a condensed version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol adapted from Scrooge's point of view. The three spirits of Christmas were gorgeous larger than life puppets who danced about the stage teaching Scrooge the true meaning of the holiday. The chorus sang so many lovely traditional carols that proclaim Christ's birth and watching and hearing the orchestra brought me to tears a few times because of how lovely it was! At the close of the concert the audience joined in a carol sing followed by eight silly dancing Santas. It was a simply delightful time had by all six of us. After the concert we enjoyed ice cream and the drive home singing carols and looking for houses decorated in lights.

I praise the Lord for all His many blessings such as great friends and the message of Christ's birth still being proclaimed through familiar carols. God is so good to us!


Miss Jen said...

what a beautiful 'carol'
post!! :) I am blessed
to call you 'friend.'

Love~ Miss Jen

LadyBug-Laurie said...

You're so sweet Miss Jen. Hope your holiday plans are going well! :)

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