There Shall Be Christmas Day

Poet/Lyricist: 

Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

A powerful, poignant reflection on the essence of Christmas, penned by poet Joyce Kilmer while serving at the front lines of WWI France. A warm and richly colored a cappella setting. 

Level: 

Mod-Advanced
Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
JS-011 SATB, a cappella 4:00 $2.25 https://www.joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.advantagelabs.com/files/audio_samples/VMP011There%20Shall%20Be%20Christmas%20Day.mp3
JS-011D
PDF download
SATB, a cappella 4:00 $1.50
JS-051 SSAA, piano 4:00 $2.35 https://www.joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.advantagelabs.com/files/audio_samples/06%20There%20Shall%20Be%20Christmas_JS-051.mp3
JS-051D
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SSAA, piano 4:00 $1.75

Audio Credits: 

SATB: Vintage Singers, Umpqua Community College , Donna Spicer, Director

Publisher: 

Joan Szymko
Text

“Wartime Christmas”

Led by a star, a golden star,

The youngest star, an olden star,

Here the kings and the shepherds are,

A'kneeling on the ground.

What did they come to the inn to see?

God in the Highest, and this is He,

A baby asleep on His mother's knee

And with her kisses crowned.


Now is the earth a dreary place,

A troubled place, a weary place.

Peace has hidden her lovely face

And turned in tears away.

Yet the sun, through the war-cloud, sees

Babies asleep on their mother's knees.

While there are love and home-and these -

There shall be Christmas Day.