Christmas 2016

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    Sung by the Cambridge Singers and Conducted by John Rutter

    What Sweeter MusicĀ 

    Music by John Rutter
    Lyrics by Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

    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 luster, public mirth,
    To heaven, and the under-earth.

    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. 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 honour, 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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