Love Came Down At Christmas came into my repertoire a bit late.
I’d pegged it for something a bit higher up the candlestick than is my preference, but once I’d got the hang of the phrasing and melody it’s not bad at all.
Deceptively simple sounding it has enough complexity to hold everyone’s interest.
It is another example of Christina Georgina Rosetta’s (cf In The Bleak Midwinter) evocative poetry, but as lyrics they have lacked a tune of similar quality to accompany them. I’m most used to the tune Gartan, which is serviceable, but not stirring. There seems to be some usage of a setting by A.E. Floyd as well.
Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas; star and angels gave the sign.
Worship we the Godhead, Love incarnate, Love divine;
worship we our Jesus, but wherewith for sacred sign?
Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine;
love to God and all men, love for plea and gift and sign.
Here’s a live rendition by Hayley Westenra.
Jars Of Clay have a tastefully rearranged version.