Premiered at the 2012 Christmas performances by Chicago Master Singers, this short setting of Chesterton's text was accompanied by oboe and harp.


FVM 1013 A Child of the Snows (SATB & piano)
FVM 1013a A Child of the Snows (SATB & oboe and harp)
  Duration: 2:30 minutes
  Text: G.K. Chesterton
  Music: Francis L. Lynch 2012
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Text: A superb and subtle text by Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936), an English novelist, journalist, and poet. He is most famous for his short stories featuring the detective Father Brown, but was also an eloquent apologist for the Christian faith in such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man.

There is heard a hymn when the panes are dim,
And never before or again,
When the nights are strong with a darkness long,
And the dark is alive with rain.

Never we know but in sleet and in snow,
The place where the great fires are,
That the midst of the earth is a raging mirth
And the heart of the earth a star.

And at night we win to the ancient inn
Where the child in the frost is furled,
We follow the feet where all souls meet
At the inn at the end of the world.

The gods lie dead where the leaves lie red,
For the flame of the sun is flown,
The gods lie cold where the leaves lie gold,
And a Child comes forth alone.