Welsh Carol

Poet/Lyricist: 

Pr. K. E. Roberts

Commissioned by: 

Underwritten by the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation

Premiere: 

Rochester Aria Group
Item Voicing Media Price
LK036-01 High soprano and piano
$4.00

Text:

Welsh Carol
Awake were they only, those shepherds so lonely, on guard in that silence profound: When colour had faded, when nighttime had shaded their senses from sight and from sound. Lo, then broke a wonder, then drifted asunder the veils from the splendour of God, when light form the Holy came down to the lowly and heav'n to the earth that they trod. May light now enfold us, O Lord, for behold us like shepherds from tumult withdrawn. Nor hearing, nor seeing, all other care fleeing, we wait the ineffable dawn. O Spirit all-knowing, thou source overflowing, O move in the darkness around, that sight may be in us, true hearing to win us glad tidings where Christ may be found.