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Sing a new song to the Lord;
Alleluia.
Trumpet forth the joyous chord!
Alleluia.
For the reign of hate is ended,
God to humankind descended,
Newborn helpless on the straw --
Alleluia.

Sing a new song to the Lord,
Alleluia.
Shout for freedom in accord;
Alleluia.
Fear no tyrant, death, nor prison,
Lo! His star has Eastwards risen;
Trust the wonders that you saw --
Alleluia.

Sing a new song to the Lord,
Alleluia.
Open, hands, spill forth your hoard!
Alleluia.
Value love, not love of power,
Peace let blossom, justice flower,
Empathy be your new law --
Alleluia.

Sing a new song to the Lord,
Alleluia.
All creation be restored,
Alleluia.
Tend His gift of Earth together,
Hare and human, fin and feather;
Lift this weeping world to awe --
Alleluia.

Background on An Advent Canticle:

In December 2012, I wrote a series of 25 poems in total (one for each day of December 1-24, plus a Prelude) and posted each one here on Daily Kos as I completed it. The poems dealt with common Christmas themes, as well as with issues highly relevant to Daily Kos readers: commercialism, climate change, and interfaith dialogue, among others. The wonderful feedback and support I received from Kossacks was a big part of what kept me going throughout this project!

It was suggested that I repost them on Daily Kos as a yearly event, and after some thought, I've decided to do so. (If you want to read them all, they're archived here; scroll down to the bottom.) Enjoy!

Originally posted to Green Canticle on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 06:53 PM PST.

Also republished by Street Prophets .

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