There Shall Be Christmas Day


Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

A powerful, poignant reflection on the essence of Christmas, penned by poet Joyce Kilmer while serving at the front lines of WWI France. A warm and richly colored a cappella setting. 


Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
licensed PDF
SATB, a cappella 4:00 $2.00
JS-011 digital purchase only N/A
licensed PDF
SSAA, piano 4:00 $2.00
JS-051 digital purchase only N/A

Audio Credits: 

SATB: Vintage Singers, Umpqua Community College , Donna Spicer, Director


Joan Szymko

“Wartime Christmas”

Led by a star, a golden star,

The youngest star, an olden star,

Here the kings and the shepherds are,

A'kneeling on the ground.

What did they come to the inn to see?

God in the Highest, and this is He,

A baby asleep on His mother's knee

And with her kisses crowned.

Now is the earth a dreary place,

A troubled place, a weary place.

Peace has hidden her lovely face

And turned in tears away.

Yet the sun, through the war-cloud, sees

Babies asleep on their mother's knees.

While there are love and home-and these -

There shall be Christmas Day.