Friday, January 2, 2009

The Flower Carol

(Song begins at 0:56)
Old Latin carol, "Tempus Adest Floridum"
English translation: Oxford Book of Carols
Traditional melody (same as "Good King Wenceslas")
Rise Up Singing chapter: Outdoors, p.152
D - GA D / / DA BmD GA D

Spring has now unwrapped her flowers, day is fast reviving
Life in all her growing powers toward the light is striving
Gone the iron touch of cold, winter time and frost time
Seedlings working through the mold now make up for lost time

Herb and plant that winter long slumbered at their leisure
Now bestirring green and strong, find in growth their pleasure
All the world with beauty fills, gold the green enhancing
Flowers make glee among the hills and set the meadows dancing

Through each wonder of fair days God herself expresses
Beauty follows all her ways as the world she blesses
So as she renews the earth, artist without rival
In her grace of glad new birth, we must seek revival

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