Let the Winter Come and Go

My favorite song this time of year is “Julian of Norwich.”  Here’s video of the Hemblington Harmony singing at the Bergh Apton Sculpture Trail  2011. They’re singing in summer, but I always think of this as a winter song, because of the chorus:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9StVup0CxsU

Loud are the bells of Norwich and the people come and go.

Here by the tower of Julian, I tell them what I know.

CHORUS:

Ring out, bells of Norwich, and let the winter come and go

All shall be well again, I know.

Love, like the yellow daffodil, is coming through the snow.

Love, like the yellow daffodil, is Lord of all I know.

CHORUS

Ring for the yellow daffodil, the flower in the snow.

Ring for the yellow daffodil, and tell them what I know.

CHORUS

All shall be well, I’m telling you, let the winter come and go

All shall be well again, I know.

Loud are the bells of Norwich and the people come and go.

Here by the tower of Julian, I tell them what I know.

CHORUS

All shall be well, I’m telling you, let the winter come and go

All shall be well again, I know.

Happy Holidays, everyone!  Let the winter come and go.  All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

The words were apparently writte in 1981 by Sydney Carter, who also wrote “Lord of the Dance,” set to the Shaker tune, “Simple Gifts.”

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