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Carol Of The Birds

Year: 1948

Written By: William G. James, John Wheeler

'Carol of The Birds' is an Australian carol by William James and it formed part of a set of 14 Christmas compositions he wrote in the 1940's and 1950's. The songs proved very popular in James' native country and some, like 'Carols of the Birds', have travelled much further afield. Joan Baez's otherworldly version from her 1966 Christmas album 'Noel' is perhaps the most famous by a contemporary artist but Mannheim Steamroller's 1984 instrumental is fetching in its own medieval sounding way. The latter is taken from an album called 'Christmas' which has sold over 3 million copies.

 

Carol Of The Birds Lyrics

Upon this holy night,
When God's star appears,
And floods the earth with brightness,
Birds' voices rise in song,
And, warbling all night long,
Express their glad heats' lightness.
Birds' boices rise in song,
And, warbling all night long,
Express their glad heart's lightness.

The Nightingale is first
To bring his son of cheer,
And tell us of his gladness:
"Jesus, our Lord, is born
To free us from all sin,
And banish ev'ry sadness!
Jesus, our Lord, is born
To free us from all sin,
And banish ev'ry sadness!"

The answ'ring Sparrow cries:
"God comes to earth this day
Amid the angels flying."
Trilling in sweetest tones,
The Finch his Lord now owns:
"To Him be all thanksgiving."
Trilling in sweetest tones,
The Finch his Lord now owns:
"To Him be all thanksgiving."

The Partridge adds his note:
"To Bethlehem I'll fly,
Where in the stall He'l lying.
There, near the manger blest,
I'll build myself a nest,
And sing my love undying.
There, near the manger blest,
I'll build myself a nest,
And sing my love undying."

 

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