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December 24, 2013

 


CHRISTMAS 2013

XMAS SNAKE

The Old Year Now


The Old Year now away is fled
The New Year it is entered
Then let us now our sins down-tread
And joyfully all appear!
Let’s merry be this day
And let us now both sport and play
Hang grief, cast care away!
God send you a happy New Year!

The name-day now of Christ we keep
Who for our sins did often weep
His hands and feet were wounded deep
And his blessed side with a spear
His head they crowned with thorns
And at him they did laugh and scorn
Who for our good was born;
God send us a happy New Year!

And now with New Year’s gifts each friend
Unto each other they do send
God grant we may all our lives amend
And that the truth may appear!
Now like the Snake your skin
Cast off of evil thought and sin
And so the year begin
God send us a happy New Year!

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December 24, 2012


CHRISTMAS 2012

SNOW IN THE STREET

The Snow in the Street


From far away we come to you
The snow in the street and the wind on the door
To tell of great tidings strange and true
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor

For as we wandered far and wide
The snow in the street and the wind on the door
What hap do you deem there should us betide?
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor

Under a bent when the night was deep
The snow in the street and the wind on the door
There lay three shepherds tending their sheep
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor

O ye shepherds what have ye seen
The snow in the street and the wind on the door
To slay your sorrow and heal your teen?
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor

In an ox-stall this night we saw
The snow in the street and the wind on the door
A Babe and a Maid without a flaw
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor

There was an old man there beside
The snow in the street and the wind on the door
His hair was white and his hood was wide
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor

And as we gazed this thing upon
The snow in the street and the wind on the door
Those twain knelt down to the little one
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor

And a marvelous song we straight did hear
The snow in the street and the wind on the door
That slew our sorrow and healed our care
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor

News of a fair and a marvelous thing
The snow in the street and the wind on the door
Nowell, nowell, nowell, we sing!
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor

From far away we come to you
To tell of great tidings strange and true

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December 24th, 2011


CHRISTMAS 2011

XMAS11

Down in Yon Forest


Down in yon forest there stands a hall
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring
Itís covered all over with purple and pall
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything

In that hall there stands a bed
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring
Itís covered all over with scarlet so red
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything

At the bedside there lies a stone
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring
Which the sweet Virgin Mary knelt upon
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything

Under that bed there runs a flood
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring
The one half runs water the other runs blood
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything

At the bedís foot there grows a thorn
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring
Which ever blows blossoms since he was born
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything

Over that bed the moon shines bright
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring
Denoting our Savior was born this night
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything

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December 25th, 2010


CHRISTMAS 2010
XMASS10 MASSACRE

The Coventry Carol


Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child
Bye-bye, lully, lullay
Lullay, Thou little tiny Child
Bye-bye, lully, lullay

O sisters too, how may we do
For to preserve this day
This poor Youngling for whom we do sing
Bye-bye, lully, lullay

Herod the king, in his raging
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight
All children young to slay

Then woe is me, poor Child for Thee
And ever mourn and sigh
For thy parting neither say nor sing
Bye-bye, lully, lullay

MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENTS

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January 14th, 2010

The wheels of science turn slowly, but the NY State Ornithological Association has finally gotten back issues of The Kingbird online, including 2007 #4 which includes my article on Brooklynís Western Reef-Heron. See page 6 and 29 of the pdf.
More on Calvert Vaux Park here; the species list is now over 200.


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