Opus 847

Love Came Down at Christmas (2009)

for SATB Chorus Unaccompanied

Text by Christina Rossetti

Harvard University Choir; Edward Elwyn Jones, conductor

Duration: 3.5 min.

Dedication: for Richard and Sara Patterson and the 100th Annual Christmas Carol Services of The Memorial Church, Harvard University

Commission: Commissioned by The Memorial Church, Harvard University

Publisher: St. James Music Press

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Love Came Down at Christmas (2009) was composed for the 100th Annual Christmas Carol Services of The Memorial Church at Harvard University. It is dedicated to Richard and Sara Patterson.

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine.
Love to God and to all the world,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

Christina Rossetti (1830–1894), alt.