Shake off thy Sloth

  • carol for two-part choir (soprano and alto) and piano
  • Duration 2' 25"


by Thomas Traherne


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Shake off thy Sloth, my drowsy Soul, awake;
With Angels sing
Unto thy King,
And pleasant Music make;
Thy Lute, thy Harp, or else thy Heart-strings take,
And with thy Music let thy sense awake.
See how each one the other calls
To fix his Ivy on the walls.
Transplanted there it seems to grow
As if it rooted were below:
Thus He, who is thy King,
Makes Winter, Spring.

[from On Christmas Day by Thomas Traherne (c1637-1674)]