(Western) Greetings for the Nativity

Christmas Greetings from the Desert of Australia to all my friends who follow the Western Calendar!
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And an Australian Christmas carol sung by the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir.

Across the plains one Christmas night
Three drovers riding blithe and gay,
Looked up and saw a starry light
More radiant than the Milky Way;
And on their hearts such wonder fell,
They sang with joy. ‘Noel! Noel! Noel! Noel! Noel!’.

The air was dry with summer heat,
And smoke was on the yellow moon;
But from the heavens, faint and sweet,
Came floating down a wond’rous turn;
And as they heard, they sang full well
Those drovers three. ‘Noel! Noel! Noel! Noel! Noel!’

The black swans flew across the sky,
The wild dog called across the plain,
The starry lustre blazed on high,
Still echoed on the heavenly strain;
And still they sang, ‘Noel! Noel!’
Those drovers three. ‘Noel! Noel! Noel! Noel! Noel!’

Words by John Wheeler.
Music by William G. James
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One Response to “(Western) Greetings for the Nativity”

  1. Patricia Collins Says:

    Thank you for so many thought provoking reflections. You may be interested in this archaeological approach to the hermit life. http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/12/2013/the-hermit-in-the-garden

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