People, Look East

11:46 AM

People, Look East
Eleanor Farjeon

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.

Furrows, 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 rose, is on the way.

Birds, though you long have ceased to build, Guard the nest that must be filled. Even the hour when wings are frozen God 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 with shouts of mirth Christ who brings new life to earth. Set every peak and valley humming With the word, the Lord is coming. People, look east and sing today:
Love, the Lord, is on the way.

6 comments:

Sarah said...

I *love* that song!!!

+JMJ+ said...

Sarah, my Mom just said the same thing! I didn't even know it was a song. :) Guess it's not on the Latin Mass repretoire, but the words ARE very moving!

Sarah - Kala said...

Yeah, I was going to say, I love this song!!! The minute I started reading it, the melody kicked in.

Lindsay said...

It is a lovely song, and I almost posted the words myself yesterday! We had a charming surprise of carolers visiting on Tuesday night, and they sang this song to us. It was so fun!

Jenny said...

Allison, I'm with you, I had no idea it was a song! I'd love to hear it.

Nadja Magdalena said...

How funny--this song was on my mind all day yesterday, but I couldn't remember any of the words! Thank you for putting words to the melody!

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