Voicing: SATB div. a cappella
duration: 3.5 minutes
Kneel amid the cattle
And the shepherds poor; With tender lambs and angels Tremble and adore.
Lo, within the manger Lies the Undefiled,
Small and curled and rosy As any new-born child.
He, the swaddled Promise Of the ancient law, Slumbers in a stable
On a bed of straw!
Be humble here with Joseph, Meek with Mary’s grace, And let your rapture burgeon In this hallowed place;
Let your heart speak music Though your lips be dumb… Here is Love, unmeasured! Here is heaven come!
~ Florence Hynes Willette, from a handful of straw, used with permission
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More than just singable lyric lines…
Jocelyn’s music ties so beautifully with the text, which for singers, makes her music a reward and a clear way to connect emotionally to the message. Her pieces are more than just singable lyric lines; they invoke a desire to connect to the audience and be a part of a bigger experience for everyone.
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