The World's Desire

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Description

SATB Choir, solo, and celesta - or piano up an octave. (The celesta part can easily be done on an electronic keyboard). Text by G.K. Chesterton. A marvelous setting of this poem, perfect for anytime during the Christmas season, and even into Epiphany.

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Lyrics
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.

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.

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.

The Christ-child sto,Od at Mary's knee,
His hair was like a crown.
And all the flowers lo,Oked up at Him,
And all the stars lo,Oked down.