We’re singing this in church on Sunday, so I guess it is an advent song. Like the previous song, it foreshadows the life and death of Jesus, not just the birth.
1 O sing a song of Bethlehem,
of shepherds watching there,
and of the news that came to them
from angels in the air.
The light that shone on Bethlehem
fills all the world today.
Of Jesus’ birth and peace on earth
the angels sing alway.
2 O sing a song of Nazareth,
of sunny days of joy;
O sing of fragrant flowers’ breath,
and of the sinless boy.
For now the flowers of Nazareth
in every heart may grow.
Now spreads the fame of his dear name
on all the winds that blow.
3 O sing a song of Galilee,
of lake and woods and hill,
of him who walked upon the sea
and bade its waves be still.
For though, like waves on Galilee,
dark seas of trouble roll,
when faith has heard the Master’s word,
falls peace upon the soul.
4 O sing a song of Calvary,
its glory and dismay,
of him who hung upon the tree,
and took our sins away.
For he who died on Calvary
is risen from the grave,
and Christ, our Lord, by heaven adored,
is mighty now to save.
This recording uses the splendid traditional tune Kingsfold. The words are by Louis F. Benson, a 19th century Presbyterian from Philadelphia.
I love the tune, of course, but also the sheer scope of the words. This is another great song for when you’re meditating on the Trinity. I’ll be singing it while I decorate the Christmas tree, because… Modern Life.