Sunday, December 20, 2009

Season's Seconds - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) "Joy to the World". Isaac Watts's hymn, to which Lowell Mason added a Handel melody in the early 1800s, continues, "Let men their songs employ".
  • A2) "Deck the Halls". The traditional Welsh melody continues with the giveaway, "Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la".
  • A3) "We Three Kings of Orient Are". John Hopkins's 1857 Christmas carol continues, "King forever, ceasing never, over us all to reign". Verses two, three, and four are told by Melchior, Caspar (frankincense), and Bathazar (myrrh) respectively, while verses one and five are sung by everyone.
  • A4) "Away in a Manger". The German folk song continues, "But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes".
  • A5) "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear". Edmund Sears's Christmas poem, to which Richard Storrs Willis added music in 1850, continues, "And still their heavenly music floats o'er all the weary world".
  • A6) "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing". Charles Wesley's 1739 hymn, which was grafted onto part of a 1840 cantata by Felix Mendelssohn, continues, "Late in time behold Him come, offspring of the favored one".
  • A7) "O Little Town of Bethlehem". Episcopal priest Phillips Brooks's hymn, for which his organist Lewis Redner provided a melody, continues, "While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wond'ring love."
  • A8) "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen". The traditional English melody continues, "And unto certain shepherd brought tidings of the same".
  • A9) "What Child Is This?". William Chatterton Dix's 1865 hymn, later set to the tune of "Greensleeves", continues, "Good Christian, fear; for sinners here the silent Word is pleading".
  • A10) "O Come, All Ye Faithful". Frederick Oakeley's English translation of John Francis Wade's "Adeste Fideles" continues, "Sing, all ye citizens of heav'n above; glory to God in the highest".
  • A11) "The First Noel". The traditional English melody continues, "And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel".
  • A12) "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day". Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, written on Christmas Day in 1863 when he heard that his son Charles had been wounded in the Civil War, continues, "Had rolled along th'unbroken song of peace on earth, good will to men". Among others, J. Baptiste Calkin set the piece to music seven years later.

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