Sure On This Shining Night
December 25th, 2020

This is my absolute favourite holiday song for its resplendent peacefulness yet honest sad emotions as well… perfectly fitting for a listen as Christmas 2020 reaches its fading hours.

“Sure on this shining night
Of starmade shadows round,
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground.

The late year lies down the north.
All is healed, all is health.
High summer holds the earth.
Hearts all whole.

Sure on this shining night
I weep for wonder
Wandering far alone
Of shadows on the stars.”

Pride Men’s Chorus London holidays – “Sure On This Shining Night”

As a very strange and different and challenging holiday that has very much been definied by isolation reaches its fading hours, PMCL would like to offer all of you this evening a holiday lullaby-of-sorts: a song from our archives that we had never before posted online.

Wherever you are, whoever you are – tonight may this gentle song with its deep lyrics, written by the poet James Agee in 1938, give you some moments of serenity and peace amongst the weariness of our world today and the worn emotions we’re all feeling as we near the end of 2020.

With love always,
Pride Men’s Chorus London

Pride Men’s Chorus London sings “Sure On This Shining Night”

December 9, 2017 – “The Most Fabulous Time of the Year” concert
Aeolian Hall, London

Conducted by PMCL member Jim Lawton

Poem: James Agee
Music: Morten Lauridsen

Video by: Jason Plant, MC Spirit Studios
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