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"Comes the Light"

This is a setting for SATB choir and piano of the poem written by Roger McGough for the BBC's 2015 Carol Competition. Here's the text:

Follow the star’s beckoning light
Break the silence of the night
Gently open the cattle-shed door
See the baby lying in straw
Sing out for the mother and the child she bore Sing out for the mother and the child she bore.
Sing out for the earth, its health and renewal
Its wealth universal, equally shared
Through winter’s darkness, bleak and cruel Comes the light, sing out and be heard.

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Sing out...
For those with faith and those without
For those who hope and those who doubt
For those who mock, lay waste and fight
For those who would put out the light
Sing out...
Follow the shepherds’ marvelling gaze
Echo their wonder, join in their praise
Annus mirabilis, who can ignore
A miracle like this with love at its core
Sing out for the mother and the child she bore Sing out for the mother and the child she bore.
Sing out for the earth, its health and renewal For the birth of our saviour, the Jesus boy Through winter’s darkness, bleak and cruel Comes the light, sing out for joy.
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