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Allen Orton Gibbs The World's Desire

Keyboard [organ/piano]
SATB, Solo(s)
Moderately Easy
Suggested Uses(s)

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.

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 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.


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