Daniel Mitsui  ~  Poetry




POETRY ~ DANIEL MITSUI
My approach to poetry is like my approach to visual art; I want my verse to be detailed, learned, and vigorously medieval in spirit. Most of it is religious in subject. I write in meter and rhyme, with an early modern diction. I have set the works here in typefaces that I designed myself.

I prefer to write in popular, singable verse forms, such as carols, ballads, and nursery rhymes. Currently, I am working on two collections of carols: one about the infancy of Christ, the other about His Passion. I invite composers to set these carols to music; some already have, and have allowed their compositions to be downloaded here.

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THY BOSOM FRIEND: A Carol on the Betrayal of Jesus Christ

THE HEN SHRIKE: A Ballad on the Death of Jesus Christ

THE HEMLOCK: A Carol on the Death of Jesus Christ

NO GREATER LOVE: A Romance on the Death of Jesus Christ



MARY BEARS EMMANUEL: A Carol for Advent

A CARRACK AND TWO CARAVELS: A Carol for Advent

THE FRUIT OF THY WOMB: A Carol for Advent

WHEN GOD MADE ADAM: A Carol for Christmas at Midnight

GOOD SHEPHERDS: A Carol for Christmas at Midnight

A LIGHT SHINES TODAY: A Carol for Christmas at Daybreak

THE WORD OF GOD: A Carol for Christmas Day

PURPLE AND PALL: A Carol on the Ara Cæli

THE VIRGIN SANG: A Christmas Lullaby

NEW YEARS AND AGES: A Carol for Circumcision Day

THE WISEST OF THE WISE: A Carol for Epiphany

THE TREASURES OF THE EARTH: A Carol for Epiphany

JESUS LIVES IN EGYPT: A Carol on the Flight into Egypt

GOD IS IN THE TEMPLE AGAIN: A Carol for Candlemas



O STAR OF HEAVEN: A Carol in Time of Pestilence





THY BOSOM FRIEND

A CAROL ON THE BETRAYAL OF JESUS CHRIST










THE HEN SHRIKE

A BALLAD ON THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST










THE HEMLOCK

A CAROL ON THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST







MUSICAL SETTINGS





NO GREATER LOVE

A ROMANCE ON THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST










MARY BEARS EMMANUEL

A CAROL FOR ADVENT







MUSICAL SETTINGS





A CARRACK AND TWO CARAVELS

A CAROL FOR ADVENT










THE FRUIT OF THY WOMB

A CAROL FOR ADVENT










WHEN GOD MADE ADAM

A CAROL FOR CHRISTMAS AT MIDNIGHT










GOOD SHEPHERDS

A CAROL FOR CHRISTMAS AT MIDNIGHT







MUSICAL SETTINGS





A LIGHT SHINES TODAY

A CAROL FOR CHRISTMAS AT DAYBREAK










THE WORD OF GOD

A CAROL FOR CHRISTMAS DAY







MUSICAL SETTINGS





PURPLE AND PALL

A CAROL ON THE ARA CŒLI










THE VIRGIN SANG

A CHRISTMAS LULLABY










NEW YEARS AND AGES

A CAROL FOR CIRCUMCISION DAY










THE WISEST OF THE WISE

A CAROL FOR EPIPHANY










THE TREASURES OF THE EARTH

A CAROL FOR EPIPHANY










JESUS LIVES IN EGYPT

A CAROL ON THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT










GOD IS IN THE TEMPLE AGAIN

A CAROL FOR CANDLEMAS










O STAR OF HEAVEN

A CAROL IN TIME OF PESTILENCE















all works copyright Daniel Mitsui / danielmitsuiartist at gmail dot com