Who would think that what was needed

Who would think that what was needed. John Lamberton Bell* (1949- ) and Graham Maule* (1958-2019). This Christmas hymn was published in Heaven Shall Not Wait (Wild Goose Songs 1) (1987), under the title ‘God’s Surprise’, with each of the three stanzas ending ‘God surprises earth with heaven,/ coming here on Christmas Day’. It was written for the American tune SCARLET RIBBONS by Evelyn Danzig (1902-1996), written in 1949. The note to this hymn in Heaven Shall Not Wait is ‘The harmonised setting is not difficult, and the song is especially effective when sung, in a darkened church, as midnight approaches on Christmas Eve’ (p. 47). The publication was in time to reach  RS (1991) for the United...

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