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Advent Calendar – December 17


Three KingsCross of Roses, Cross of Thorns

Tune: Scarborough Fair

We come to this place from near and far
    Cross of roses, cross of thorns
Like ancient astrologers following a star.
   That ever blooms scarlet since he was born.

We gift him a gift more precious than gold:
    Cross of roses, cross of thorns

The life of a prisoner, bought and sold.
    That ever blooms scarlet since he was born.

We gift him a scent rising up to the skies
    Cross of roses, cross of thorns

A  perfume to make the foolish men wise.
    That ever blooms scarlet since he was born.

We gift him the darkness locked in the tomb
    Cross of roses, cross of thorns

Let there be light – the command from  the throne.
    That ever blooms scarlet since he was born.

The shepherds bring lambs, bred but to die
    Cross of roses, cross of thorns

His life is a sacrifice come from on high.
    That ever blooms scarlet since he was born.

A world ruled by darkness, created by love
    Cross of roses, cross of thorns

Proclaiming new earth and new heaven above.
    That ever blooms scarlet since he was born.

So now we shall travel, making our way
    Cross of roses, cross of thorns

Under the star turning night into day.
    That ever blooms scarlet since he was born.

Though this is more of an Epiphany (january 6) than an Advent song, it was actually composed during Advent, on December 15.

Scarborough Fair was learned from Martin Carthy by Paul Simon who made it into a No.1 hit. My phrasing of the melody differs from the way Simon sang it, so if you would like to learn it, you’ll need to adapt the words to the tune, or vice versa!

  • I’n singing it at my Bloody Christmas concert in Glyde House, Bradford, tomorrow, December 18, 8pm.

Days to Christmas

Please come back tomorrow for another posting in my Advent calendar

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