Advent

3 Dec

Last night Isabelle and I played Jesu Parvule and Some Children See Him while the Wednesday night Advent service attenders sang.  I played the pieces like carols, rather quickly, not as choral arrangements.  Jay said they were hard to sing.  The chords are ‘modern’ so maybe that was part of the reason.  Or maybe I played them too fast.

The service was focusing on responses to the coming of the Christ child.  So in between the carols (it is difficult for me to change from the key of B-flat to E in a moment) I read, with appropriate wicked witchiness, Ursula Fanthorpe’s poem

The Wicked Fairy at the Manger

My gift for the child:

No wife, kids, home;
No money sense. Unemployable.
Friends, yes. But the wrong sort –
The workshy, women, wogs,
Petty infringers of the law, persons
With notifiable diseases,
Poll tax collectors, tarts;
The bottom rung.
His end?
I think we’ll make it
Public, prolonged, painful.

Right, said the baby. That was roughly
What we had in mind.

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One Response to “Advent”

  1. Valerie (Kyriosity) 3 December 2009 at 12:24 PM #

    My roommate, a music teacher, had to do “Some Children See Him” with her kindergarteners last Christmas. She and her boyfriend decided the song should end with one of the kids saying, “But He was really a little Jewish baby with a big hooked nose!” to round out the racial stereotypes of the lyrics. No…she didn’t actually do it! 😉

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