The Crossroads (Sophia Green)

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  • (Posted 2021-07-31)  CPDL #65332:   
Editor: Sophia Green (submitted 2021-07-31).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 994 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: "The Crossroads" is a new spiritual and religious carol, appropriate for Christmas-time, Yuletide, or the end of the year, meant to address current spiritual need. The melody of this carol is shared with that of Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night) (Adolphe Charles Adam), composed by the Frenchman Adolphe Charles Adam with lyrics from the poem Minuit, chrétiens, by Placide Cappeau. In 1855, that carol was translated to English as O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam) by the American Unitarian minister, John Sullivan Dwight.

General Information

Title: The Crossroads
Composer: Sophia Green
Lyricist: Sophia Green
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2020
Description: "The Crossroads" is a new spiritual and religious carol, appropriate for Christmas-time, Yuletide, or the end of the year, meant to address current spiritual need. The melody of this carol is shared with that of Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night) (Adolphe Charles Adam), composed by the Frenchman Adolphe Charles Adam with lyrics from the poem Minuit, chrétiens, by Placide Cappeau. In 1855, that carol was translated to English as O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam) by the American Unitarian minister, John Sullivan Dwight.

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Original text and translations

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1 Swift falls the light, below the far horizon,
   and so the sun leaves the world and the year.
   Long looms the night, with fear and worry rising
   'til we appear bound by love to take part!
   The spark of hope our hearts do keep and carry
   for all of life on Earth we love so dearly!

   Kneel, touch the ground! Look 'round, we're at the Crossroads!
   The choice we must make, for the righteous road to take!
   All Earth's life awaits, all Earth's life awaits!

2 Long have we sinned, the grace of God presuming
   the gift of Life through Earth's Good as our due.
   Prideful and cruel, Earth o'er we were abusing
   'til she cried out for Life's hope to renew!
   God's harmony of earth and air and water,
   Earth's climate forms for Life and all its wonder!

   Kneel, touch the Earth! Rebirth comes at the Crossroads!
   The right road we'll make, for all Life, and common fate!
   God's love we'll not forsake, God's love we'll not forsake!

3 Humble we be, our hearts and spirits thankful
   to God for Life and our Earth loved anew!
   Bravely we learn ourselves to be more truthful,
   and learn to labor with effort long due.
   For Earth we work to sow such Good as needed
   and only take small part of what we seeded!

   Rise with the Sun! Light shines upon the Crossroads!
   A new day has dawned; hope renewed awakens strong!
   Now brave, this road we take on, now brave, this road we take on!