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The heavenly Noel

Language: English

Oh! what great thing is done tonight,
Or what good news has sped?
What ails the blessed Saints in heaven,
They cannot rest in bed?
But up and down so ceaselessly
They go in joy and dread.

The gatehouse all is lighted up,
Wherein Saint Peter dwells;
St. James looks out of his great house,
All made of oyster shells;
In his good hostel by the flood
Saint Julian rings the bells.

Saint Catherine wears her silver shoes
And pearl-besprinkled gown;
Saint Barbara from her high, high tower
Upon the earth looks down;
Saint Christopher bends wondering eyes
On David's distant town.

The Angels' chanting sound afar
An ancient waterfall;
They do not listen to their strain,
Nor answer to their call;
Their thoughts are on the little earth,
Not in the heavenly hall.

For there they see a lovelier thing
That is beyond the sky;
They see the little Lord of Heaven
Upon His hard bed lie;
Their hearts are filled with wonder for
The Change of the Most High

  Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
  Dominus Deus Sabaoth;
  Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.
  Hosanna in excelsis.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Text added to the website: 2009-05-02 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:13

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