The Christmas Silence (Scott Murphy)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-28)   CPDL #35924:      (Finale 2014)
Editor: Scott Murphy (submitted 2015-06-28).   Score information: Letter, 10 pages, 174 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Christmas Silence
Composer: Scott Murphy
Lyricist: Margaret Delandcreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Published: 1995

Original text and translations

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Hushed are the pigeons cooing low
On dusty rafters of the loft;
And mild-eyed oxen, breathing soft,
Sleep on the fragrant hay below.

Dim shadows in the corner hide;
The glimmering lantern's rays are shed
Where one young lamb just lifts his head,
Then huddles 'gainst his mother's side.

Strange silence tingles in the air;
Through the half-open door a bar
Of light from one low-hanging star
Touches a baby's radiant hair.

No sound: the mother, kneeling, lays
Her cheek against the little face.
Oh human love! Oh heavenly grace!
'Tis yet in silence that she prays!

Ages of silence end to-night;
Then to the long-expectant earth
Glad angels come to greet His birth
In burst of music, love, and light!