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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Advent Musical Interlude

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The story that never grows old and offers Mankind eternal Hope — even in the midst of personal and political turmoil!  Beautifully performed by King’s College Choir Cambridge, 2011:

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Nahum Tate

While shepherds watched their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around, and glory shone around

"Fear not," said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind, to you and all mankind

"To you, in David's town this day
Is born of David's line
The Savior who is Christ the Lord
And this shall be the sign, and this shall be the sign

"The heav'nly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands
And in a manger laid, and in a manger laid

"All glory be to God on high
And to the earth be peace
Good will hence forth from heav'n to men
Begin and never cease, begin and never cease"


  1. I love the line "the story that never grows old". It's 3:09 AM as I type this. Perhaps the quiet of the evening and promise of God's everlasting love lifted my heart.

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful Christmas music.

    Hope all is well with you and Mr. AOW.

    1. Curmudgeon,
      Yes, this music uplifts the heart.

      I am crazily busy here: decades of stuff to sort. An exhausting task! I am so grateful that former blogger The Merry Widow is here helping me.

  2. Is a pleasant treat to hear a DESCANT on the final vrse sung so beautifully by the pure, innocent, refreshingly clear voices of sweet young boys –– a glorious Anglican tradition.

    1. The descant is truly glorious! I chose this version in part because of that descant.

    2. During the forty-odd years I served the Church, I wrote many original descants and aternative harmonization to familiar hymns. Also Chorale Preludes (short contrapuntal arrangements of a hymn tune) to introduce the Processional or the Recessional on High Holy Days.

      All this effort was not always appreciated, but I had a whale of a good time exercising the talents God gave me, and excellent training I was privileged to have received..

  3. Excellent choice.... great to hear "real" Christmas music...thanks.


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