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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.

1.
Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
2.
O sisters too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling for whom we do sing
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
3.
Herod, the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight,
All young children to slay.
4.
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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The Transfiguration – Sunday Songs

Lots of Christians today would have heard readings about the transfiguration of Jesus (probably from Mark’s Gospel).
There aren’t too many songs directly about it, but here’s one from Sufjan Stevens.
It’s not really for congregational singing, but I think it’s a helpful rendition of the event and its significance.
It’s also pretty classic Sufjan.

The lyrics:
When He took the three disciples to the mountainside to pray
His countenance was modified, his clothing was aflame
Two men appeared; Moses and Elijah came
They were at his side
The prophecy, the legislation spoke of whenever he would die

Then there came a word
Of what he should accomplish on the day
Then Peter spoke, to make of them a tabernacle place
A cloud appeared in glory as an accolade
They fell on the ground
A voice arrived, the voice of God
The face of God, covered in a cloud

What he said to them
The voice of God: the most beloved son
Consider what he says to you, consider what’s to come
The prophecy was put to death
Was put to death, and so will the Son
And keep your word, disguise the vision till the time has come

Lost in the cloud, a voice: Have no fear! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign: Son of man! Turn your ear!
Lost in the cloud, a voice: Lamb of God! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign: Son of man! Son of God!

Words & Music Sufjan Stevens
(c) 2004 New Jerusalem Music.