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The House Of Christmas

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The House of Christmas comes from a set of three carols, settings of poems by G.K. Chesterton.

Duration: 3mins 40s.

G.K.C. was a great traveller and on his wanderings a friend to everyone he met. In his own house, he was famed for his warmth and hospitality. It is not surprising, then that The Inn was for him almost a spiritual symbol. In all of my settings of his poems I have tried to convey the sense of a yearning journey of life coupled with the joy of finding something thought lost forever: we travel to a place that, if we are truthful, we never really left.

The idea at the centre of The House of Christmas that I dramatise is Chesterton's: that joy is a 'gigantic secret' which resides at the end of all our travelling.

There fared a mother driven forth
Out of an inn to roam;
In the place where she was homeless
All men are at home.
The crazy stable close at hand,
With shaking timber and shifting sand,
Grew a stronger thing to abide and stand
Than the square stones of Rome.

For men are homesick in their homes,
And strangers under the sun,
And they lay on their heads in a foreign land
Whenever the day is done.
Here we have battle and blazing eyes,
And chance and honour and high surprise,
But our homes are under miraculous skies
Where the yule tale was begun.

This world is wild as an old wives' tale,
And strange the plain things are,
The earth is enough and the air is enough
For our wonder and our war;
But our rest is as far as the fire-drake swings
And our peace is put in impossible things
Where clashed and thundered unthinkable wings
Round an incredible star.

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Cat No. SP1339
Price £1.95
ComposerSamuel Pegg
WordsG K Chesterton
CategoriesSatb Mixed Voices & Piano
Carols (mixed Voices)
PublisherSpartan Press
ISMN 979-0-57998-339-2
EAN-13 9790579983392
Weight 18 grams
Published 23rd August 2016
Availability 109 in stock