Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day

I attended a lovely Christmas concert this past Sunday. This hymn was performed. It's gorgeous with or without music.

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
John Gardner

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day;
I would my true love did so chance
To see the legend of my play,
To call my true love to my dance;

Sing, oh! My love, oh! My love, my love, my love,
This have I done for my true love

Then was I born of a virgin pure,
Of her I took fleshly substance
Thus was I knit to man's nature
To call my true love to dance.

Sing, oh! My love, oh! My love, my love, my love,
This have I done for my true love

In a manger laid, and wrapped I was
So very poor, this was my chance
Betwixt an ox and a silly poor ass
To call my true love to dance.

Sing, oh! My love, oh! My love, my love, my love,
This have I done for my true love

Then afterward baptized I was;
The Holy Ghost on me did glance,
My Father's voice heard from above,
To call my true love to my dance.

Sing, oh! My love, oh! My love, my love, my love,
This have I done for my true love




11 comments:

Beth in NC said...

The lyrics are awesome. I'd love to hear the song.

Thank you for sharing!
Beth

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

That's beautiful...I wish I could have heard it live.

Xandra

Mrs. Sidney said...

Very Nice!!

Mel said...

Beautiful!!!

Gretchen said...

Music to my ears. Thank you.

sara said...

I have never heard that before, the words are beautiful!

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a great song!

Tabby ~ Godzchyld said...

So very beautiful are the lyrics!

Misty said...

AHHHHHHHHHH! i LOVE that song... i sang it in choir in college, and have adored it ever since. now i have the beautiful melody in my head.. i just wish i could sing it like back in the day!
and i read your latest post, too. i'm so glad you had a day of laughing/playing, and that you were able to let go and do just that. i'm sure it was good for pumpkindoodle to see her mama doing just that.

Misty said...

oh, and this is totally bragging (shame on me, but we were conducted BY john gardner when we performed this song!!) even i understood the full import of that moment in chorale history!! :)

Misty said...

i have to completely amend my statement... it wasn't john gardner who directed us as we sang this song, but another cambridge director (maybe john R-something...) anyway i realize i goofed so totally had to 'fess up!

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