CLASS RECORD: Favorite Christmas songs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 December 2014 11:36

BY Christine Y. Guinacaran

 

Today’s column is for all of you who love poetry for its rhyme and rhythm, and rich imagery.

And for those who appreciate literary works, which are profoundly written in an economy of language, let’s compare some favorite Christmas  songs.

Here’s my favorite stanza from the Christmas song written by Emily E. Elliot, in 1864. The title is “ There is room in my heart for Thee”:

“The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest(

In the shade of the forest tree;(

But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God,

( In the deserts of Galilee.”

The song “O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree”, makes me imagine God personally prettying- up a sad, thin tree with lots and lots of dark green leaves.

“O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!( How richly God has decked thee!(

Thou bidst us true and faithful be,( And trust in God unchangingly.(

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!( How richly God has decked thee! !”

How about this?  Can you guess where I lifted this from?

“Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,

Stamp Thine image in its place

Second Adam from above,

Reinstate us in Thy love.”

It’s from the 5th stanza of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, Written by Charles Wesley.  The original title of  this song,is “Hark How All the Welkin Rings”

I like how this songcaptures  Christmas fun with harmless naughtiness at the side.  The title is,  “The Merry Christmas Polka”

“Come on and dance the Merry Christmas Polka,

Let ev’ry lady step with her beau,

Around a tree to the ceiling,

With lots of time for stealing,

Those kisses beneath the mistletoe.”

This song was written by an Irishman, Henry Smart in 1816, entitled, “ Angels from the Realms of Glory”, which was also sang in England, to the tune of “Angles We Have Heard on High.”

“Sages, leave your contemplations,

Brighter visions beam afar;

Seek the great desire of nations,

Ye have seen His natal star;

Come and worship,

Come and worship,

Worship Christ, the newborn King!”