Posted by: njs44 | December 24, 2009

Night of Wonder

I have reached the point where I have heard enough Classic FM carols. They are like Christmas chocolates, mince pies, and all the other good things that you can have too much of. Now I crave something different. Fortunately Jonathan Rathbone has written a Christmas Cantata, entitled Night of Wonder which our choir performed recently. There is one movement with words that came to mind when I went out into the garden first thing this morning. The words are by Paul Whitnall.

The dew today is golden, the mist is silver thread,

Who could describe the beauty of ev’ry spider’s web?

The dawn today is perfect, the light is liquid fire,

O who could catch the music of ev’ry songbird choir?

The flowers today are lifting their faces to the Son,

Each leaf and petal knowing his true Glory has begun.

Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah.

For today above all others has dawned a brand new day,

The mystery of ages today is rolled away!

Now we can see the beauty of God’s eternal plan,

Redeeming us to glory by coming down as man.

Forever we’ll be singing our joy in Christ the King,

with resounding peals of Glory, all heav’n and nature ring!

Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah.

It is such a shame that I cannot put the music on here as well, but suffice to say it is very beautiful. Well done Jonathan!

And if you are also tired of conventional Christmas music then try some of the following  arrangements by Jonathan.



  1. Jonathan’s arrangements are gorgeous. I never much cared for “Danny Boy” before; I always thought of it as a ‘pub singer’s’ song, usually rendered when the vocalist was in his/her cups; this arrangement is absolutely spine-tingling.

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