157. I Danced in the Morning

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Text Information
First Line: I danced in the morning when the world was begun
Title: I Danced in the Morning
Author: Sydney Carter (1963)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: Matthew 11:17; Mark 1:14-20; Mark 2:1-12; Mark 3:1-6; John 15:4
Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Baptism of Jesus; Christian Year: Transfiguration (6 more...)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Dance, then, wherever you may be
Copyright: © 1963 Stainer & Bell, Ltd. (admin. Hope Publishing Company)
Tune Information
Adapter: Sydney Carter (1963)
Meter: Irregular
Key: F Major or modal
Source: American Shaker melody
Copyright: © 1963 Stainer & Bell, Ltd. (admin. Hope Publishing Company)

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This 20th-century ballad-like retelling of the life of Christ, though written for this Shaker tune, has many similarities with the pre-Reformation carol “Tomorrow shall be my dancing day.” Such narrative carols were common both at Christmas and as part of medieval mystery plays.

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