The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Sky Can Still Remember

Alternate Title: Constant Christmas

Words: Bishop Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)
Source: Phillips Brooks, Christmas Songs and Easter Carols (New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1903).

Music: "Chenies," Timothy Richard Matthews (1826-1910)
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Meter: 77 76

1. The sky can still remember
    The earliest Christmas morn,
When in the cold December
    The Savior, Christ, was born.

2. And still in darkness clouded,
    And still in noonday light,
It feels its far depths crowded
    With Angels fair and bright

3. No star unfolds its glory,
    No trumpet wind is blown,
But tells the Christmas story
    In music of its own.

4. No eager strife of mortals
    In busy field or town
But sees the opened portals
    Through which the Christ comes down.

5. O never-failing splendor!
    O never-silent song!
Still keep the green earth tender,
    Still keep the gray earth strong,

6. Still keep the brave earth dreaming
    Of deeds that shall be done,
While children's lives come streaming
    Like sunbeams from the sun.

7. O Angels sweet and splendid,
    Throng in our hearts and sing
The wonders which attended
    The coming of the King.

8. Till we too, boldly pressing
    Where once the shepherds trod,
Climb Bethlehem's Hill of Blessing,
    And find the Son of God.

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