My fellow blogger Karen Campbell posted this music on her blog this morning.
"What Sweeter Music"
King’s College Choir, Cambridge
John Reutter, music and arrangement
Than a carol, for to sing
Awake the voice! Awake the string!
Dark and dull night, fly hence away,
That sees December turned to May.
Smile, like a field beset with corn?
Or smell like a meadow newly-shorn,
The cause, why things thus fragrant be:
‘Tis He is born, whose quickening birth
To heaven, and the under-earth.
Turns all the patient ground to flowers.
The darling of the world is come,
And fit it is, we find a room
To welcome him. The nobler part
Which we will give him; and bequeath
This holly, and this ivy wreath,
To do him honour, who’s our King,
Than a carol for to sing
The birth of this our heavenly King?
Robert Herrick (1591-1674)