The Bells of Paradise Print
Written by Sherry   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 21:32
Beautiful. And perfect listening for an Advent evening.

The song. The singer/harpist (Christina Sonnemann). The music.

Down in Yon Valley (Forest)

There are various stories about this carol's mysterious discovery. It was discovered in North Carolina or by Ralph Vaugh Williams in early 20th century Derbyshire. All agree - the song is medieval. 15th century. A Eucharistic Christmas Carol:

Down in yon forest there stands a hall:
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring:
It's covered all over with purple and pall
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything.

In that hall there stands a bed:
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring:
It's covered all over with scarlet so red:
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything.

At the bed-side there lies a stone:
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring:
Which the sweet Virgin Mary knelt upon:
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything.

Under that bed there runs a flood:
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring:
The one half runs water, the other runs blood:
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything.

At the bed's foot there grows a thorn:
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring:
Which ever blows blossom since he was born:
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything.

Over that bed the moon shines bright:
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring:
Denoting our Saviour was born this night:
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything.