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Musical discovery in Chris’ advent calendar (thank you!). Her Christmas albums Sweet Bells and While Mortals Sleep are taking Helmut and me both back to our roots, which is truly puzzling, because our roots are so very different and nowhere even remotely near South Yorkshire. Perhaps time to take a trip there?

The carols she sings above are her interpretations of While Shepherds Watched and The Wassail Song, set to her own tunes. Chris posted a different version of While Shepherds Watched, and these are the lyrics. Confused? Na. All good.

Sweet Bells

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

Sweet Bells, sweet chiming Christmas bells
Sweet Bells, sweet chiming Christmas bells
They cheer us on our heavenly way
Sweet Bells, sweet chiming bells

“Fear not,” said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled minds
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind”

Chorus

“To you in David’s Town this day
Is born of David’s line
The Savior who is Christ the Lord
And this shall be the sign.”

Chorus

“The heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed
And meanly wrapped in swathing bands
And in a manger laid.”

Chorus

“All glory be to God on high
And to the earth be peace;
Goodwill henceforth from heaven to men
Begin and never cease!”