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Sun Had No More Light to Offer

Composer Curt Oliver
Text Richard Leach
Voicing
Unison choir and keyboard
Church Season Epiphany
Length 2' 15" Price $1.95 (U.S.) Released 1/01
Catalog no. 405-364 Difficulty Moderately Easy

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A charming new Epiphany carol for unison voices and keyboard. Richard Leach's fine new text is in the tradition of "counting carols" (like "The Twelve Days of Christmas"), and Curt Oliver's melody deftly incorporates bits of the plainsong hymn CONDITOR ALME SIDERUM ("Creator of the Stars of Night"). Very effective.

Text
Sun had no more light to offer,
one new star could pierce the night.
One day sun would dim to witness
God's rejected gift of light.
Sing one, sing one: one the new star in the night.

In the city of the old king
there was no new king to see;
but in Bethlehem behold him,
scripture and the star agree.
Sing two, sing two: two the cities of a king;
one the new star in the night.

Gold the coin of earthly kingdoms,
frankincense the scent of prayer,
myrrh for burial anointing--
three the gifts presented there.
Sing three, sing three:
three the gifts of gold and spice;
two the cities of a king;
one the new star in the night.

One to seek and one to worship,
in the city scripture shows;
one the shepherd of God's people,
one for whom the star arose.
Sing one, sing one:
one the child in Bethlehem;
three the gifts of gold and spice;
two the cities of a king;
one, one, one,
one the new star in the night.

--Richard Leach
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