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Tom Scott regarded poetry as 'verse that sings' and this poem, a fable of how the robin got the blood of Christ on its breast as it tried to help Christ on the cross, makes a beautiful – and unusual – Christmas song.
Consider varying the voicing between verses, switching between groups of soli and tutti sections, for example.
We provide a PDF file that includes scores in both the original key of F minor and in G minor, so that you can print whichever will best suit your group.
The recording is by Rudsambee Company of Singers.
Pronunciation guide included
The Robin owre aa birds is blest [aa - all] At this time of the year, Nowel: The bluid o Christ is on his breist. [bluid - blood; breist - breast]
Frae Sicily til Hammerfest [from Sicily to Hammerfest - i.e. far and wide] The bairns relate the sely tale, [bairns - children; sely - holy] That the Robin owre aa birds is blest. [owre - over]
For on Calvarie he tried to wrest Frae Yeshu's palm the cruel nail: [Yeshu - Jesus] The bluid o Christ is on his breist.
Sensyne he's been Yuill's dearest guest, [sensyne - since then] Nae ither sae welcome as himsel: [ither - other; sae - so] The Robin owre aa birds is blest.
He wears the Yuilltide like a vest, And his sang's the peal o a ferlie bell: [ferlie - wondrous] The bluid o Christ is on his breist.
Nae starred and medalled hero's chest [nae - no] Can eer wi greater merit swell: [eer - ever; wi - with]
The Robin owre aa birds is blest.
The bluid o Christ is on his breist.
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