Saturday, 22 December 2012

Nativity Carol "On One Special Day"

On one extra special day
Angel Gabrielle came
To visit Mary and to say
No I'm not a flame
I've brought some good news today
It will bring you fame
You will have Gods son one day
Jesus is his name

Joseph wasn't quite so sure
He was full of fear
To help, in a dream so pure
Gabrielle brought him near
Nine months on they knew for sure
Baby was coming here
A donkey Joseph did procure
To Bethlehem, don't fear

Looking for a bed that night
Knocked on every door
All were full, every night
Could we take a floor?
Might a stable help your plight?
Yes, we don't need more
Safely away from every fright
Jesus born on straw

On a hill outside the town
Shepherds saw a light
Don't be afraid, no need for frown
A baby's born this night
From this hill to town come down
The futures now so bright
With their sheep, white, black and brown
They visited first that night

Many thousand miles away
Men looked at the star
Someone special's born today
We must travel far
Travelled many miles that way
Bought from a bazaar
Gold, frankincense, myrrh to pay
Homage to Jesus' star

This is our story for you
One we know so well
These were the lucky few
Who then on earth did dwell
We remember the story anew
Every time we tell
Tonight it is a gift so true
Let it in you dwell


I wrote this carol inspired by the children of St Nicolas who wrote the nativity play this year.  I was also helped along by the format of a hymnal measure in eight lines which was described at real toads.  I'm really rather thrilled at how it's come together; it's no classic, but it's better than some I've sung in churches over the years. Now to get someone to write a tune :)


Kim Nelson said...

A precious retelling of the tale, Emma!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

A poem of epic proportions!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Well done to you, Emma. I'm glad the form helped you to express the Christmas story in a way that pleased you.

Merry Christmas.

Laurie Kolp said...

Lovely... I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

Kay L. Davies said...

A lovely carol, Emma. I hope you do find music for it.
Wishing you all the joy and wonder of the Christmas season, that you may take it with you into the new year.

Marian said...

i'd like to hear you sing this :)

Hannah said...

A beautiful telling, Emma!! Well done!