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People, look East

People, look East

People, look East. The time is near
  Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
  Trim the hearth, and set the table.
    People, look East, and sing today,
    Love, the Guest, is on the way.

Furrow, be glad. Though earth is bare,
  One more seed is planted there:
Give up your strength the seed to nourish,
  That in course the flower may flourish.
    People, look East, and sing today,
    Love, the Guest, is on the way.

Birds, though ye long have ceased to build,
  Guard the nest that must be fill'd.
Even the hour when wings are frozen
  He for fledging time has chosen.
    People, look East, and sing today,
    Love, the Bird, is on the way.

Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim,
  One more light the bowl shall brim.
Shining beyond the frosty weather,
  Bright as sun and moon together.
    People, look East, and sing today,
    Love, the Star, is on the way.

Angels, announce to man and beast
  Him who cometh from the East.
Set ev'ry peak and valley humming,
  With the news, "The Lord is coming!"
    People, look East, and sing today,
    Love, the Star, is on the way.

Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965)

British poet Eleanor Farjeon wrote "People, look East" to be sung to an ancient French folk tune called Besançon. The Cathedral Choral Society performed a very nice Christopher Steel arrangement of this hymn at our 2000 Christmas concert.

Tags: advent: 2003, poet's corner
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