Carol for the world

The northern world grows dark and cold

1.  The northern world grows dark and cold,
      the southern bright and warm
    as we prepare to celebrate
      our God in human form.
    The word that powers the universe
      was born a baby here
    in human sight, one holy night,
      about this time of year.

2.  The eastern world grows dark with hate,
      the western world with rage,
    and battle-fires and funeral pyres
      illuminate the stage
    where leaders stalk in power and pride
      while people shrink in fear.
    What is it worth, a saviour's birth
      about this time of year?

3.  We know it was for peace he came
      when angels filled the skies;
    can we sing still about goodwill
      with wars before our eyes?
    We need forgiveness, mercy, grace,
      and love both strong and clear,
    as he would show so long ago,
      about this time of year.

4.  No fire from heaven struck Herod down,
      or Judas in his day;
    no angels killed to save the Christ
      when Pilate held his sway.
    His victory came through love alone
      and not from sword or spear,
    and we are his, whose feast it is
      about this time of year.

5.  Though north and south and east and west
      The world may call us fools,
    we follow him whose life and death
      proclaim that his love rules.
    It's hard to fight with love alone
      for all that we hold dear.
    God says: "That's true: I was there too
      about this time of year."

Words: Copyright © 2001 Sue Gilmurray
Reproduced by kind permission.

Suggested tunes: Kingsfold, Noel

Copyright © David Lee
Last updated: 7th November 2012