Please turn to number 37 and join with the clarinets in “Love Came Down at Christmas”.
Meter: 6 7, 6 7.
Music: Traditional Irish Air
Harmony from the Revised Church Hymnary
Text: Christina Georgina Rossetti, 1830-94
Apparently, this text has been sung to many different melodies, and by many different people, including Shawn Colvin and some modern band called “Jars of Clay”.
From the wikipedia article:
The poem has been set to music as a Christmas carol by many composers including Harold Darke, Leo Sowerby, John Kelsall and John Rutter and is also sung to the traditional Irish melody “Garton”. More recently, the poem was given a modern treatment by Christian band Jars of Clay on their 2007 album,Christmas Songs. American composer Jennifer Higdon set the text for solo soprano, harp and four-part chorus. A new setting by the British composer David J Loxley-Blount was performed in Southwark Cathedral on 8 December 2014 by the Financial Times Choir conducted by Paul Ayres. It was repeated by the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree on 11 December 2014.
Studwell describes the poem as “simple, direct and sincere” and notes that it is a rare example of a carol which has overcome the disadvantage of “not having a tune (or two or three) which has caught the imagination of holiday audiences.”
This appears to be one of the simpler settings of the poem. Here’s my transcription for clarinet quartet: 037.LoveCameDownAtChristmas
I doubled the melody part, but otherwise left it at one clarinet each. I also went with a less extreme reverb, since it is fairly lively, and played it through 3 times.
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 all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.