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Program Note

The Candlelight Was Burning Low is a quiet and pensive original Christmas carol describing a dark and cold winter before Jesus Christ was born on Christmas morning. The text paints a picture of the world waiting in quiet darkness for light, unaware that it’s savior and eternal light is about to be born.

This carol would make a wonderful addition to an Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols or a candlelight prayer service.

Text

Verse 1

A world accustomed to the dark

And barren trees with brittle bark,

Awaiting in the winter stark,

In Bethlehem long ago.

 

The windows all were frozen closed,

No hint of spring or warmth exposed,

They shivered as the candles glowed,

In Bethlehem long ago.

 

Chorus

The candlelight was almost gone,

On Christmas night awaiting dawn.

The candlelight was burning low

In Bethlehem long ago.

 

Verse 2

Yet in a field close nearby,

A brilliant light flashed through the sky.

The shepherds awoke with a cry

In Bethlehem long ago.

 

An angel voice pierced through the night,

The shepherds startled by the sight,

Heard the good news in delight

In Bethlehem long ago.

Chorus

The candlelight was almost gone,

On Christmas night awaiting dawn.

The candlelight was burning low

In Bethlehem long ago.

 

Verse 3

In a manger by an inn,

Where once before just sheep had been,

A young couple found warmth within,

In Bethlehem long ago.

 

A single star shown overhead,

Our savoir slept and laid his head

Upon a soft and straw-filled bed

In Bethlehem long ago.

 

Chorus

The candlelight was almost gone,

On Christmas night awaiting dawn.

The candlelight was burning low

In Bethlehem long ago.