Fire, Burn Bright

Poet/Lyricist: 

Traditional, British Isles

“This sprightly piece celebrates something we all love on a cold winter’s day: the crackling logs in the fireplace. A traditional folk poem from the English West Country provided the text. A colorful piano accompaniment adds great interest to the clever melodic realization of the text as it describes the various kinds of logs and how they react when lit. “ — Santa Barbara Music Publishing website

Level: 

Moderate
Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
SBMP 988 SSAA, piano 4:45 $1.95 https://www.joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.advantagelabs.com/files/audio_samples/09%20Fire%20Burn%20Bright-Szymko.mp3
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Audio Credits: 

Milwaukee Choral Artists, Sharon Hansen director

Publisher: 

SBMP
Text

Fire, Burn Bright

Oaken logs will warm you well,

that are old and dry;

Logs of pine will sweetly smell,

but the sparks will fly.

Birch logs will bum too fast;

chestnut, scarce at all.

Hawthorn logs are good to last,

cut them in the fall.


Refrain:

Fire burn bright,

long into the night,

Fire burn warm

keep away the damp and chill ’til morn.


Holly logs will burn like wax,

you may burn them green;

Elm logs, like to smouldering flax,

no flame to be seen.

Beech logs for the winter-time,

Yew logs as well.

Green alder logs it is a crime

for any man to sell. [Refrain]


Pear logs and apple logs,

they will scent your room.

Cherry logs across the dogs

smell like flowers of broom.

Ash logs, smooth and grey,

burn them green or old;

Buy up all that come your way,
worth their weight in gold. [Refrain]