It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, December 02, 2013

Chapter 12, Page 2, Book 13

People, Look East

People, look east. The time is near 
Of the crowning of the year. 
Make your house fair as you are able, 
Trim the hearth and set the table. 
People, look east and sing today: 
Love, the Guest is on the way.

Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare, 
One more seed is planted there. 
Give up your strength the seed to nourish, 
That in course the flower may flourish. 
People, look east and sing today: 
Love, the Rose is on the way.

Birds, though you long have ceased to build,
Guard the nest that must be filled.
Even the hour when wings are frozen
God for fledging time has chosen.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the bird, is on the way.

Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim, 
One more light the bowl shall brim, 
Shining beyond the frosty weather, 
Bright as the sun and moon together. 
People, look east and sing today: 
Love, the Star, is on the way.

Angels announce with shouts of mirth, 
Him who brings new life to earth. 
Set every peak and valley humming 
With the word, the Lord is coming 
People, look east and sing today: 
Love, the Lord, is on the way.

Words: Eleanor Farjeon, 1928 
Music: 'Besançon', traditional French carol 

People, look East is a modern Advent carol written by Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) and set to a traditional carol tune, Besançon. It was first published in The Oxford Book of Carols in 1928. The carol bids people and angels and all creation to watch and prepare for the coming of Love incarnate.

I do look east every morning, watching the sunrise or not.  Some days it’s too cloudy to see the sunrise, but it never fails to get lighter outside.  The sun sets every day and rises every morning whether we can see it or not.  There is a certainty in the rise and fall of the sun.

And without fail Christmas comes each and every year.  It may come differently for different people.  But it still comes.  Some pay little or no attention to Christmas, some go all out and celebrate for all it’s worth.  They trim the tree, light the lights and wrap the presents to put under the tree.  

I do love Christmas and all it represents, but most of all I’m thankful for the Greatest gift of all, our loving Lord and Savior.  So with the coming of each new day I’ll be singing… Love, the Lord is on the way!

A Christmas List


Fear less, hope more;
Eat less, chew more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things will be yours


jack69 said...

Nice. It strikes me funny, but I know it is in relation to two thousand years, but the term modern carol written in 1928. That is SWEET.
Love the list also. Thanks for the 'Look East' reminder.
The best to you... Have a great week...

Chatty Crone said...

I am getting ready and looking for to Christmas too! sandie

betty said...

I had not heard of this carol before, Ma; what a pretty one with the words. I also liked the Christmas Wish; I think I need that one this year :)