Listen at Christmas: James Taylor

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I’ve got two songs to share today, both from James Taylor at Christmas.

Interesting lyrics and a lilting tune make “Who Comes This Night?” a new favorite for me. It’s written by David Grusin and Sally Stevens, and I think you’re going to like it.

Who comes this night, this wintry night,
As to the lowly manger?
The Shepherds and the Kings did come
To welcome in the stranger.

Who sends this song upon the air,
To ease the soul that’s aching?
To still the cry of deep despair
And heal the heart that’s breaking.

Brother Joseph bring the light
Fast, the night is fading.
And who will come this wintry night
To where the stranger’s waiting?

Who comes this night, with humble heart,
To give the fullest measure
A gift of purest love to bring
What good and worthy treasure.

Brother Joseph bring the lamb
For they are asking for him
The children come this starry night
To lay their hearts before him.

For those who would the stranger greet
Must lay their hearts before him
And raise their song in voices sweet
To worship and adore him

Brother Joseph bring the light
Fast, the night is fading
And who will come this wintry night
To where the stranger’s waiting

Brother Joseph bring the lamb
For they are asking for him.
The children come this starry night
To lay their hearts before him.

Pure of heart this starry night
To lay their hearts before him.

The second for today is “Some Children See Him,” written by Wihla Hutson and Alfred Burt.

I’m not sure why I get so emotional listening to this one–perhaps it’s contemplating the many racial divisions between peoples that cause such heartache, and considering how Jesus Christ absolutely belongs to all of us. This stanza is an important call:

Oh lay aside each earthly thing, and with thy heart as offering, come worship now the infant king! ‘Tis love that’s born tonight.

Here are the complete lyrics:

Some children see Him lily white
The baby Jesus born this night
Some children see Him lily white
With tresses soft and fair

Some children see Him bronzed and brown
The Lord of heav’n to earth come down
Some children see Him bronzed and brown
With dark and heavy hair

Some children see Him almond-eyed
This Saviour whom we kneel beside
Some children see Him almond-eyed
With skin of golden hue

Some children see Him dark as they
Sweet Mary’s Son to whom we pray
Some children see him dark as they
And, oh they love Him too

The children in each different place
Will see the baby Jesus’ face
Like theirs, but bright, with heavenly grace
And filled with holy light

Oh lay aside each earthly thing
And with thy heart as offering
Come worship now the infant King
‘Tis love that’s born tonight

‘Tis love that’s born tonight

[Image: jamestaylor.com]

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