Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Fiddle Song for Saint John's Day: The Third Dance of Christmas (revised)


 The Third Dance of Christmas: 
A Fiddle Dance for St. John's Day*

Sweet Saint John was a dancer
on the shores of old Capernaum
a lovely boy not fit for fishing,
carpentry, or marrying.
They tell he left his empty boat
for the sake of the bold young fellow
who looked at him one early morn
and said, my love, come follow.

Saint John said yes, he left his nets
and the rest of life seemed hollow,
compared to the love of the wild-eyed boy
who said, my love, come follow.

John saw the hungry eat their fill,
saw the sinful girl forgiven.
He saw the hardened hearts of men
flow freely with compassion.
He saw the one he loved so dear,
betrayed and shamed and tortured,
by those who could not hear the word
of the awful grace he offered.
 

Saint John said yes, he left his nets
and the rest of life seemed hollow
compared to the love of the wild-eyed boy
who said, my love, come follow.
 

On each twenty-seventh of December
we remember his devotion,
his courage, and his faithfulness,
and his delicate emotion.
Rare visions he was said to have,
Deep mysteries he expounded.
But we love his love for the lovely one
whose love sweet John astounded.

Saint John said yes, he left his nets
and the rest of life seemed hollow
compared to the love of the wild-eyed god
who said, my love, come follow,
compared to the love of the lovely one
who says, my love, come follow.

(long instrumental reel, with difficult but frenzied dance should follow--sans irony)


*recording (without fiddle) available upon request

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