Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Songs: Where they came from week 4

In 1847, Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure was comissionaire of wines in a small French town. People knew him for his poetry, not for his attendance at Church. It was a big shock when the parish priest asked him to write a poem for Christmas mass. He felt honored to share his talents with his Church.
Cappeau was thinking about the poem the priest had asked him to write, while in a dusty stage coach. It had to be religious, and had to focus on Christmas. He flipped through the gospel of Luke and read the Christmas story. By the time he got to Paris, the poem had been completed. The song was Cantique de Noel. He was moved by his own work and thought his song was more then just a poem, it should be a song.
Since he wasn't good with music he turned to a friend, Adolphe Charles Adams, and asked for help.
Adolphe studied the Cantique de Noel. He agreed quickly and set to work on a original score for the song. The song was preformed three weeks later, on the Christmas Eve mass.
The song is O Holy Night.

Here are the lyrics

O Holy night, the stars are
brightly shining;
It is the night of our dear savior's
Long lay the world in sin and
error a pining,
Till he appeared and the soul felt it's worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world
For yonder breaks a new and
glorious morn.

Fall on your knees, O hear the
angel voices!
O night divine, O night when
Christ was born!
O night, O night, O night

Led by the light of faith serenely
With glowing hearts by his
cradle we stand.

So led by light of a star sweetly
Here came the wise men from
the Orient land.
The king of kings lay this in
lowly manger,
In all our trial born to be our


Truly he taught us to love one
His law is love and His Gospel
is peace.
Chains shall He break for the
slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful
chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy


I like this song!!!!!!! :)

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