'Tis winter now (J. Guy Stalnaker)

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  • (Posted 2018-09-30)  CPDL #51402:     
Editor: J. Guy Stalnaker (submitted 2018-09-30).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: 'Tis Winter Now

Composer: J. Guy Stalnaker
Lyricist: Samuel Longfellow

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2018
Description: A new harmonization of the tune Danby (meter LM) with the Samuel Longfellow text "'Tis Winter Now."

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. 'Tis winter now; the fallen snow
has left the heavens all coldly clear;
through leafless boughs the sharp winds blow,
and all the earth lies dead and drear.

2. And yet God's love is not withdrawn;
his life within the keen air breathes;
his beauty paints the crimson dawn,
and clothes each branch with glittering wreaths.

3. And though abroad the sharp winds blow,
and skies are chill, and frosts are keen,
home closer draws her circle now,
and warmer glows her light within.

4. O God, you give the winter's cold,
as well as summer's joyous rays,
you warmly in your love enfold,
and keep us through life's wintry days.

Source: Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #234