Programme Note

Written for En Bethlehem, the Cadenza Music Carol Book in 2015.

This time is born a child full good,
He that us bought upon the Rood;
He bound the devil that is so wode,
'Til the dreadful Domesday.

When the child of mickle might,
Would be born of Mary bright,
A token He sent to king and knight,
A star that shone by night and day.

The star it shone as bright as fire,
Over all the world both far and near,
in token he was without peer,
And peerless shall He listen ay.

Anonymous, 15th Century