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Joy in the Morning

from The Wind in the Willows by GreenMatthews

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Villagers all, this frosty tide,
Let your doors swing open wide,
Though wind may follow, and snow beside,
Draw us in by your fire to bide;
Joy shall be yours in the morning!
Joy shall be yours in the morning!
Though wind may follow, and snow beside,
Joy shall be yours in the morning!

Here we stand in the cold and sleet,
Blowing fingers and stamping feet,
We’ve come from afar you for to greet—
You by the fire and we in the street—
Bidding you joy in the morning!
Bidding you joy in the morning!
We’ve come from afar you for to greet
Bidding you joy in the morning!

For ere one half of the night was gone,
Sudden a star has led us on,
Raining bliss and benison—
Bliss to-morrow and more anon,
Joy for every morning!
Joy for every morning!
Raining bliss and benison
Joy for every morning!

Goodman Joseph toiled through the snow—
Saw the star o'er stable low;
Mary she might not further go—
Welcome thatch, and litter below!
Joy was hers in the morning!
Joy was hers in the morning!
Mary she might not further go
Joy was hers in the morning!

And then they heard the angels tell
Who were the first to cry Nowell?
Animals all, as it befell,
In the stable where they did dwell!
Joy shall be theirs in the morning!
Joy shall be theirs in the morning!
Animals all, as it befell
Joy shall be theirs in the morning!

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from The Wind in the Willows, released June 28, 2021

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GreenMatthews Coventry, UK

Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, they breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh and relevant for a modern audience. ... more

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