Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Carol Spotlight: King Jesus hath a garden

This little known carol came into the spotlight when John Rutter (who is essentially the official composer of Great Britain) pulled it out of the archives and composed a choral arrangement of it in 1981.  The original Dutch text was written in 1633 and it was originally put to music by George Woodward in Songs of Syon in 1908.  There is so much symbolism in this hymn it boggles my mind - on scale with the 12 days of Christmas.  So many layers.

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