The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

What Is That Fragrance?

Words: Quelle est cette odeur agréable
Traditional French Carol
From John Gay, Beggars Opera, 1778
Translator and Date Unknown

Music: Quelle est cette odeur agréable
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer

1. What is that fragrance, Shepherds? How does it
Ravish with joy our senses five?
This is the scent of heaven's glory
Brought to this earth by God's own Son.
What is that fragrance, Shepherds? How does it
Ravish with joy our senses five?

2. What is that light? O Shepherds how does it
Pierce with its radiance winter's gloom?
When was the Day Star half so glorious
Standing above us at high noon?
This is the light of heaven's glory
Brought to this earth by God's own Son.

3. Where can we find God's holy glory?
Show us the temple where it dwells.
Show me a place where open-hearted
People can learn to hear God speak,
No matter where those people gather
God with them builds Jerusalem.

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