A Christmas Pair 1. Little Lamb 2. Ring Out, Wild Bells

by Marjorie M. Rusche

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A Christmas Pair 1. Little Lamb 2. Ring Out, Wild Bells
SATB Chorus, Harp, Chimes
Commissioned and Premiered by the South Bend Chamber Singers, Nancy Menk, conductor, Christmas at Loretto, Church of Our Lady of Loretto, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

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Little Lamb, who made thee, Dost thou know who made thee;
Gave thee life and bid thee feed, By the stream and o'er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing wooly bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice!
Little Lamb, who made thee, Dost thou know who made thee;
Little Lamb I'll tell thee, He is called by thy name;
For he calls himself a Lamb, He is meek and he is mild;
He became a little child;
I a child and thou a lamb, We are called by his name.
Little Lamb, God bless thee. Rejoice! -- William Blake

Ring out, wild bells to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light sky,
The year is dying in the night, Ring out, wild bells and let him die.
Ring out, the old, ring in the new, Ring happy bells across the snow,
The year is going let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind, For those that here we see no more.
Ring out the feud of rich and poor; Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out false pride in place and blood, The civic slander and the spite,
Ring in the love of truth and right, Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease, Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old, ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the valiant man and free, Ring in wild bells,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
-- Lord Alfred Tennyson

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released 21 December 2014
South Bend Chamber Singers, Nancy Menk, conductor
Christmas at Loretto
A Christmas Pair
1. Little Lamb -- William Blake
2. Ring Out, Wild Bells -- Lord Alfred Tennyson

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MarjorieMRusche South Bend, Indiana

Marjorie M. Rusche is an internationally performed award winning classical composer who combines romantic, modern, vernacular and world music influences. Dr. Rusche composes music for opera, music theater, dance, orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles & soloists. She teaches music composition, orchestration, music theory, and piano at Indiana University South Bend and the University of Notre Dame. ... more

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