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A Child of The Snows

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Christmas

A Child of the Snows comes from a set of three carols, settings of poems by G.K. Chesterton.

Duration: 4mins 15s.

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.

In A Child of the Snows I have tried to suggest the wandering, wondering journey to the next staging post, 'the Inn at the end of the world'.

There is heard a hymn when the panes are dim,
And never before or again,
When the nights are strong with a darkness long,
And the dark is alive with rain.

Never we know but in sleet and in snow,
The place where the great fires are,
That the midst of the earth is a raging mirth
And the heart of the earth a star.

And at night we win to the ancient inn
Where the child in the frost is furled,
We follow the feet where all souls meet
At the inn at the end of the world.

The gods lie dead where the leaves lie red,
For the flame of the sun is flown,
The gods lie cold where the leaves lie gold,
And a Child comes forth alone.

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3ztIFnYobI

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Cat No. SP1340
Price £1.95
ComposerSamuel Pegg
WordsG K Chesterton
CategoriesSatb Mixed Voices & Piano
Carols (mixed Voices)
PublisherSpartan Press
ISMN 979-0-57998-340-8
EAN-13 9790579983408
Weight 18 grams
Published 12th September 2016
Availability 63 in stock