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My Dancing Day

Composer Trad., arr by William Witherup
Text from Sandys, 1833
Voicing
SATB and organ
Topics Christmas
Length
2' 25" Price $1.95 (U.S.) Released 7/04
Catalog no. 405-223 Difficulty Moderately easy

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Description
William Witherup has created what may well become the definitive arrangement of this traditional Cornish Christmas carol. In every respect, the piece is a winner: no choir, congregation, or organist will be able to resist this sparkling anthem and its irrepressible joy!

Anthem text
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day:
I would my true love did so chance
to see the legend of my play,
to call my true love to my dance.
Sing O my love, this have I done for my true love.

Thus was I born of a Virgin pure,
of her I took fleshly substance;
thus was I knit to human nature,
to call my true love to my dance:
Sing O my love, this have I done for my true love.

In a manger laid and wrapped I was,
so very poor, this was my chance,
betwixt an ox and a silly poor ass,
to call my true love to my dance:
Sing O my love, this have I done for my true love.

Then afterwards baptized I was;
the Holy Ghost on me did glance,
My Father's voice heard from above
to call my true love to my dance.
Sing O my love, this have I done for my true love.

--from Sandys, 1833

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