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DTStudy: Flower Carol

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FLOWER CAROL
GAUDETE
GOOD KING WENCESLAS


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Subject: DT Study: Flower Carol
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Apr 24 - 07:39 PM

Here are the Digital Tradition lyrics. Any corrections?


FLOWER CAROL (Digital Tradition)

Spring has now unwrapped the flowers,
Day is fast reviving
Life in all her growing powers
Towards the light is striving:
Gone the iron touch of cold,
Winter time and frost time,
Seedlings, working trough the mould,
Now make up for lost time.

Herb and plant that, winter long,
Slumbered at their leisure,
Now bestirring, green and strong,
Find in their growth a pleasure:
(*something wrong here)
Gold the green enhancing;
Flowers make glee among the hills,
And set the meadows dancing.

Through each wonder of fair days,
God himself expresses;
Beauty follows all his ways,
As the world he blesses:
So, as he renews the earth,
Artist without rival,
In his grace of glad new birth,
We must seek revival.

Earth puts on her dress of glee;
Flowers and grasses hide her;
We go forth in charity,
Brothers all beside her;
For, as man this glory sees,
In the awakening season,
reason learns the heart's decrees,
And hearts are lead by reason.

Praise the Maker, all ye saints;
He with glory girt you,
He who skies and meadows paints,
Fashioned by your virtue;
Praise hi, seers, heroes, kings,
Heralds of perfections;
Brothers, praise him, for he brings
All to resurrection!
FLOWER CAROL (Oxford Book of Carols)

Spring has now unwrapped the flowers,
Day is fast reviving
Life in all her growing powers
Towards the light is striving:
Gone the iron touch of cold,
Winter time and frost time,
Seedlings, working through the mould,
Now make up for lost time.

Herb and plant that, winter long,
Slumbered at their leisure,
Now bestirring, green and strong,
Find in their growth a pleasure:
All the earth with beauty fills,
Gold the green enhancing;
Flowers make glee among the hills,
And set the meadows dancing.

Through each wonder of fair days,
God himself expresses;
Beauty follows all his ways,
As the world he blesses:
So, as he renews the earth,
Artist without rival,
In his grace of glad new birth,
We must seek revival.

Earth puts on her dress of glee;
Flowers and grasses hide her;
We go forth in charity,
Brothers all beside her;
For, as man this glory sees,
In the awakening season,
Reason learns the heart's decrees,
And hearts are lead by reason.

Praise the Maker, all ye saints;
He with glory girt you,
He who skies and meadows paints,
Fashioned by your virtue;
Praise him, seers, heroes, kings,
Heralds of perfection;
Brothers, praise him, for he brings
All to resurrection!


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Flower Carol
From: leeneia
Date: 01 Apr 24 - 08:52 PM

I'm going to show you the way I've learned it without doing any research. Chances are I learned all of it from the Sing Out! book.

Life in all ITS growing powers

Fine in growth their pleasure

And set meadows dancing.
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I'd never seen the 4th and 5th verses before, but...

"in the awakening season" doesn't scan, and I would just sing 'wak'ning season. The word "wake" has so many forms (wake, waked, woke, awake, awakened) that any form sounds like it was valid at one time or another.

"And hearts are lead by reason" I would drop "and"; the proper verb is led, not lead (the metal)

"fashioned by your virtue" doesn't make any sense. Saints don't make skies and meadows; they pray and do good works. No wonder this verse has been pretty-much forgotten.

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Thanks for reminding me of this song. This is a great time of year for it.


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Subject: RE: DTStudy: Flower Carol
From: leeneia
Date: 01 Apr 24 - 08:54 PM

I forgot to mention that I only worked with the Oxford version.


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