Summer in Winter

for SATB choir and organ

Jeremy Pike

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Composer Jeremy Pike
Year of Composition 1988
Duration 4' 30"
Instrumentation Satb Choir, Organ
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Catalogue ID ce-jp2siw1

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Commissioned by Stamford Choral and Orchestral Society. First performance in Stamford, Lincolnshire, December 1988. Broadcasts by the BBC from Manchester Cathedral, 23 December 1995, and from Blackburn Cathedral, 23 December 1996.

Summer in Winter, Richard Crashaw (born c. 1613)

Gloomy night embraced the place
Where the noble infant lay.
The babe looked up and shewed his face;
In spite of darkness it was day.
It was thy day, sweet, and did rise
Not from the East, but from thine eyes.

Winter chid aloud, and sent
The angry North to wage his wars.
The North forgot his fierce intent,
And left perfumes instead of scars.
By those sweet eyes’ persuasive powers,
Where he meant frost, he scattered flowers.

We saw thee in thy balmy nest,
Bright dawn of our eternal day!
We saw thine eyes break from their east
And chase the trembling shades away.
We saw thee, and we blessed the sight,
We saw thee by thine own sweet light.

Welcome, all wonder in one sight,
Eternity shut in a span.
Summer in winter, day in night,
Heaven in earth, and God in man!
Great little one! whose all-embracing birth
Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heaven to earth.