Monday, December 14, 2020

...and the soul felt its worth...

Nativita, Giotto @1305

These lyrics are so beautiful, every year my weary world rejoices. Tradition says St. Francis of Assisi created the nativity scenes (creche) and wrote this song. I don't know, but it seems like something he might do, being the poet he was. This artist, Giotto, was a contemporary of St. Francis.

I double dog dare any angel to hit a brighter, higher note than Mariah in this rendition.

ᴴᴰ Mariah Carey - O Holy Night (Live ABC Christmas Special 2010) 

"O Holy Night"

O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
'Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees

O hear the angel voices
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born
O night divine!
O night, O night divine!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains He shall break, for the slave is our brother.

And in His name, all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord!
Their name forever praise we

Noel, Noel
O night, O night divine
Noel, Noel
O night, O night divine
Noel, Noel
O night, O holy night

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