Saturday, 12 December 2015

Beach Hut 410

An unusual carol formed the focus for hut 410 this evening.

Brightest and Best is a beautiful poetic carol about the light that dawns on Christmas Day.  It was written in 1811 and is more usually sung in Epiphany rather than Advent.  (Advent is the season leading up to Christmas, Epiphany isa the season after Christmas).

Karen Morton created a vision in pink with glittering lights on a tree topped by a star of the morning.  The whole tree was enveloped in a chiffon pink canopy which swayed and danced very energetically in the strong blustery wind (yes, we've gone back to the same windy weather we've had every night so far apart from last night).

If you don't know the carol, here are the beautiful lyrics:

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning;
Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;
Star of the East, the horizon adorning,
Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining;
Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall;
Angels adore Him in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch and Saviour of all!

Say, shall we yield Him, in costly devotion,
Odors of Edom and offerings divine?
Gems of the mountain and pearls of the ocean,
Myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?

Vainly we offer each ample oblation,
Vainly with gifts would His favour secure;
Richer by far is the heart’s adoration,
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.

Our next hut is half way between The View and Hove Lagoon as it's number 341