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Here We Come A Wassailing – Christmas (Sunday) Songs 2017 Day 31

As thoughts of Christmas give way to those of New Year the most apt way to leave Christmas Songs 2017 is with Kate Rusby’s rendition of Here We Come A Wassailing.
“Wassailing” is the practice of going door to door singing Christmas songs and wishing folk well.
A blessed new year to anyone reading.

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The Coventry Carol – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 30

Close to the end of Christmas Songs 2017.
Here’s Sufjan Steven’s version of The Coventry Carol, a song derived from the biblical text dealing with Herod’s slaughter of the innocents. The vocal on this features Marla Hanson.

Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
O sisters too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling for whom we do sing
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
Herod, the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight,
All young children to slay.
That woe is me, poor Child for Thee!
And ever mourn and sigh,
For thy parting neither say nor sing,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

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Star Of The East – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 29

Star Of The East is yet another Christmas song that I hadn’t heard before.
The lyrics are translated to English by George Cooper, presumably from the German of Alfred Hans Zoller. The music is by Amanda Kennedy.
This rendition is by Judy Garland of all people.
Apparently it was released in the 1940s.
It contains the first verse, refrain, and sixth then fifth verses.
Her voice is so pure back then.

Star of the East, Oh Bethlehem’s star
Guiding us on to Heaven afar!
Sorrow and grief and lulled by thy light,
Thou hope of each mortal, in death’s lonely night!
Fearless and tranquil, we look up to Thee!
Knowing thou beamst thro’ eternity!
Help us to follow where Thou still dost guide,
Pilgrims of earth so wide.
Star of the East, thou hope of the soul,
While round us here the dark billows roll,
Lead us from sin to glory afar,
Thou star of the East, thou sweet Bethlehem’s star.
Star of the East, undimmed by each cloud,
What tho’ the storms of grief gather loud?
Faithful and pure thy rays beam to save,
Still bright o’er the cradle, and bright o’er the grave!
Smiles of a Saviour are mirror’d in Thee!
Glimpses of Heav’n in thy light we see!
Guide us still onward to that blessed shore,
After earth’s toil is o’er!
Star of the East, thou hope of the soul,
While round us here the dark billows roll,
Lead us from sin to glory afar,
Thou star of the East, thou sweet Bethlehem’s star.
Oh star that leads to God above!
Whose rays are peace and joy and love!
Watch o’er us still till life hath ceased,
Beam on, bright star, sweet Bethlehem star!

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O Sing A Song Of Bethlehem – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 27

I haven’t included O Sing A Song Of Bethlehem before, but there’s more than a few renditions of it around, so it will probably turn up again in the future.
Another set of lyrics that take us from the manger to the cross by Louis F. Benson, most often sung to the tune KINGSFOLD.

The lyrics:
O sing a song of Bethlehem,
of shepherds watching there,
and of the news that came to them
from angels in the air.
The light that shone on Bethlehem
fills all the world today.
Of Jesus’ birth and peace on earth
the angels sing alway.
O sing a song of Nazareth,
of sunny days of joy;
O sing of fragrant flowers’ breath,
and of the sinless boy.
For now the flowers of Nazareth
in every heart may grow.
Now spreads the fame of his dear name
on all the winds that blow.
O sing a song of Galilee,
of lake and woods and hill,
of him who walked upon the sea
and bade its waves be still.
For though, like waves on Galilee,
dark seas of trouble roll,
when faith has heard the Master’s word,
falls peace upon the soul.
O sing a song of Calvary,
its glory and dismay,
of him who hung upon the tree,
and took our sins away.
For he who died on Calvary
is risen from the grave,
and Christ, our Lord, by heaven adored,
is mighty now to save.

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Joy To The World – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 25

Usually I don’t appreciate additions to existing hymns, but David Phelps adds something more than appropriate in the middle of this wonderful rendition of Joy To The World.
Merry Christmas.

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Gabriel’s Message – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 24

It’s amazing how quick these twenty-five songs go by each year.
It’s also amazing how quick each year is coming around.

Gabriel’s Message is becoming a recurring visitor to this annual collection.
Here’s a rendition by The Good Shepherd Band.

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Psalm 126 – Christmas Songs 2017 Day 23

Here’s the final weekly Advent/Christmas song by the Orchardist.
This time it’s Psalm 126.
“Those who sow with tears reap songs of joy”