Text William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898)
Voicing SATB, keyboard
Lectionary usage Christmas ABC
Price $2.75 (U.S.)
Length 4' 45" Released 1/2021
Catalog no. 405-222
Difficulty Mod. easy
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A lovely, pastorale carol-like setting of Chatterton's Christmas poem, "The Silver Lamps." Though there is some divisi in the soprano and bass, it's still readily accessible for smaller choirs.
Like silver lamps in a distant shrine,
the stars are sparkling bright,
the bells of the city of God ring out,
for the Son of Mary is born tonight.
The gloom is past
and the morn at last
is coming with orient light.
No earthly songs are half so sweet
as those which are filling the skies,
and never a palace shone half so fair,
as the manger where our Saviour lies.
No night in the year
is half so dear
as this which has ended our sighs.
The stars of heav'n still shine as they
gleamed on this wondrous night,
the bells of the city of God peal out
and the angels' song still rings in the height,
and love still turns
where the Godhead burns
hid in flesh from fleshly sight.
Faith sees no longer the stable floor,
the pavement of sapphire is there,
the clear light of heav'n streams out to the world,
and the angels of God are crowding the air,
and heav'n and earth
through the spotless birth,
are at peace on this night so fair.
--W. Chatterton Dix, 1867