Do You Hear…

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This morn’s cloudscape above snowy stubble of a corn field

This week’s hymn is a well known carol♪  Joining RuralityAlphabe-Thursday Letter D

Noel Regney wrote the lyrics for the song, while Gloria Shayne composed the Christmas carol‘s music in October 1962.[2] This was an unusual arrangement for the two writers. Usually it was Shayne who wrote the lyrics for their songs while Regney composed the music, as they did when they wrote a song based on the classic children’s song “Rain Rain Go Away“.[1][2]

Regney was inspired to write the lyrics “Said the night wind to the little lamb, ‘Do you see what I see?'” and “Pray for peace, people everywhere”, after watching babies being pushed in strollers on the sidewalks of New York City.[1] Shayne stated in an interview years later that neither could personally perform the entire song at the time they wrote it because of the emotions surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis.[1] “Our little song broke us up. You must realize there was a threat of nuclear war at the time.”[1]  Wikipedia

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Said the night wind to the little lamb,
do you see what I see
Way up in the sky, little lamb,
do you see what I see
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite
Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy,
do you hear what I hear
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
do you hear what I hear
A song, a song, high above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea
With a voice as big as the sea
Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
do you know what I know
In your palace warm, mighty king,
do you know what I know
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
Let us bring Him silver and gold
Let us bring Him silver and gold
Said the king to the people everywhere,
listen to what I say
Pray for peace, people everywhere!
listen to what I say
The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light
Have wonder filled week!

7 Responses

  1. It looks as if it was very cold !

  2. This is so neat. I never think about songs and writers and what they must have been dealing with at the time. I will not be able to listen to it without thinking about the children in strollers and the writers great emotion. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh, this looks soooo cold!

  4. I don’t know why, but snow on a corn-stub field always intrigues me. :))

  5. I love that Christmas carol! And I’m glad you told what that was under the snow, because I couldn’t have guessed!

  6. That’s on of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. Love your photo.

  7. This is one of my favorite songs… I am fond of The Little Drummer boy too…

    Delightful post for the letter “D”!

    Thanks for linking.

    A+

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