The World's Desire

Text: 

G.K. Chesterton; anon. medieval

Originally scored for the combined musical forces of St. Andrew’s
Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minnesota (children’s choir, youth
choir, adult choir, and orchestra) for their Christmas service. The
text combines Chesterton’s beautiful Christmas verse which sees
the Christ child grow through childhood with a medieval prayer
that invites the spirit of Christ to rise the listener’s heart “as the
dawn breaks into the sky.”

Commissioned by: 

The American Composers Forum

Published by: 

Fresh Ayre Music
Item Voicing Perusal scores/Recordings Price
FAM-0044-01A SATB, soprano and treble soli - orchestra

$4.50
FAM-0044-01B SATB, soprano and treble soli - str qtet
$3.75
FAM-0044-01C SATB, soprano and treble soli - organ & piano
$3.25
FAM-0044-01D SATB, soprano and treble soli - p/v score
$3.25

Text:

The Christ Child Lay On Mary's Lap

1. The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O weary, weary were the world,
But here is all aright.)

2. The Christ-child lay on Mary's breast,
His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

3. The Christ-child lay on Mary's heart,
His hair was like a fire.
(O weary, weary is the world,
But here the world's desire.)

4. The Christ-child stood at Mary's knee,
His hair was like a crown.
And all the flowers looked up at Him,
And all the stars looked down.

[anonymous medieval]
Come into my soul, Lord,
As the dawn breaks into the sky.
Let your son rise in my heart
At the dawning of the day.