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Crawford R. Thoburn Love Came Down at Christmas

Anthems, Communion Anthems, Introits, Benedictions and Responses
Unaccompanied [a cappella], Keyboard [organ/piano]
Moderately Easy
Suggested Uses(s)

SATB Choir - unaccompanied or lightly accompanied. We can't help it. We LOVE this poem by Christina Rossetti and we have a number of settings in our catalog. It's sort of like Adam Lay Ybounden with us. We're going to sing the text every year, so why not have several choices? This one is a little gem. Short enough for an introit, long enough for a little anthem, just right for Christmas communion.

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
(all the earth)
Love for plea and gift and sign.


Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304


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