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Saint Nick

I was lying on the couch recently, with Christmas in the air and had an urge to write a story about St Nicholas, the original one . . . 

Saint Nicholas in brown
Artist: Hans Arndt
German Postcard
St Nicholas Center Collection

A strange man lived in a Turkish town*
His coat a sunset red
His beard so white
Like a snowy night
And, so the legend said:
His heart burst with so much love
That he almost seemed aglow
Vowed to spare no cost
On the poor or lost
He'd help them, but they'd never know

Chorus:

It was him, Saint Nick
Who healed the sick
At heart, with a special surprise
Sacred rites
When the North wind bites
Bringing fuel to delight the eyes
With treats in boots, for destitutes
For mothers in widow black weeds
Children with sorrows
Or lonely tomorrows
anyone else in need

He gave orphans warm wool stockings
For the shivering, gifts of coal
Oranges, sweet, for the invalids
Piled high in a serving bowl
Candles for sullen windows
Gold for the empty purse
Puddings for barren cupboards
A blessing instead of a curse

Chorus:

It was him, Saint Nick
Who healed the sick
At heart, with a special surprise
Sacred rites
When the North wind bites
Bringing fuel to delight the eyes
treats in boots, for destitutes
For mothers in widow black weeds
Children with sorrows
Or lonely tomorrows
Anyone else in need

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There's a generous hand
In a Christmas land
That touches us all a bit
So if moved to give
please throw off the lid
of the spirit of Good Saint Nick

Chorus:

Cause the spirit of Nick
He heals the sick
At heart, with a special surprise
Sacred rites
When the North wind bites
Bringing fuel to delight the eyes
Treats in boots, for destitutes
For mothers in widow black weeds
Children with sorrows
Or lonely tomorrows—
Anyone else in need


* Myra, a town in 4th century Greek Asia Minor, now present-day Turkey

Lyrics: copyright © 2005 SongBird Cooper
Music: SongBird Cooper/Mikah MacEachern with backing arrangement by Keith Marchetti

Musical notation melody PDF 
Musical notation in C PDF 
Musical notation in G PDF 

Music notation by Cadence Kelly, Pagnostolic. Song lyrics, mp3 file and notation used by permission.

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