January 02, 2009

Different Shepherds - FERNSIDE

The third setting of the text "While shepherds watched their flocks by night", from my quartet of Christmas carols "Different Shepherds". All four are short three-part shape-noted tunes for the "additional songs" appendices to the Western Harmony. "Fernside" is in the Lydian Mode (major with a raised fourth, which makes it sort of the major equivalent of the dorian which Sacred Harp singers often naturally sing in, sharping on the "fa".) For your convenience, this song is less than thirty seconds long.

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.

All glory be to God on high,
And to the Earth be peace;
Good will henceforth from Heaven to men
Begin and never cease!

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