Last year we published a brand-new, heart-warming carol from the pen of Thomas Hewitt Jones, Love is the Answer for SATB voices with organ or piano (ref. CN50). With soaring melodies and heartfelt lyrics, it is intended as an antidote to the gloom and confusion of the pandemic.
With choral performances of the carol already scheduled for Christmas 2022, this year we commissioned Thomas to produce a slightly adapted ‘strophic’ version which could be used congregationally in Christmas services where perhaps a full SATB choir is not available.
As ever, Thomas jumped at the challenge, and so we’re delighted to offer, for FREE DOWNLOAD this year, a new hymn-book style version of this uplifting retelling of the nativity story.
Up on a hillside the shepherds were calling,
Watching and waiting, perpending life’s worth.
Then from the sky came an angel’s sweet cry,
Bringing glorious news of a birth.
Love is the answer: for this was his sign,
Rousing great hymns that shall ring throughout time.
Laud him with heavenly descants sublime,
Fountain of life divine.
Wandering south along flatlands of Jordan,
Lit by a beaming beacon of love.
None could express so much fear, so much feeling,
Upheld by light from above.
Lying so sweetly the infant so sacred,
Swaddled so humbly right there in a stall,
Sages of old offering gifts of great worth,
Extolling their new Lord of all.
Pardon from sinning, now truth is the paradigm,
Some are perplexed by the miracle claim.
Proof for the hopeful and hope for the fearful,
Healing to quell earthly shame.
Thomas Hewitt Jones
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Christian Copyright Licensing (CCLI) and One License licence holders are free to reproduce this hymn provided that the usage is recorded on their returns to those organisations. For wider or commercial use, please apply to Stainer & Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org). CCLI Song ID 7205428