Monday, March 23, 2009

Now the Green Blade Rises - Earthwise Version




Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
Wheat that in the dark earth many years has lain;
Hope lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

In the grave we laid him, blessed now by the rain,
Wondering if we'd ever see our joy again,
Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

Up he sprang at springtime, like the risen grain,
He that for long months within the earth had lain;
Up from the dead my risen hope is seen:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

When our hearts are saddened, grieving or in pain,
Here we plant the seeds and call back life again;
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green.

Sia

Youtube Video:

Video at blog: French carol Noel Nouvelet played on guitar by Brad Sondah


This piece is often done with handbells. Here is another video version:
Piano and and handbell solo. (Close your eyes and it sounds like a concert at Hogwarts)

Original words: John M. C. Crum, in The Oxford Book of Carols, 1928.
Earthwise version: Sia Vogel
Music: Noƫl Nouvelet, 15th Century French melody
Now the Green Blade Rises - Here is the Easter version for our Christian friends.
Hat tip to Dance of the Elements

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