Daniel Mitsui  ~  Poetry




POETRY ~ DANIEL MITSUI
My approach to poetry is like my approach to visual art; I want my verse to be detailed 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 and ballads. 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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THE BESOM OF RUIN: A Song of Consolation



MARY BEARS EMMANUEL: A Carol for Advent

THE DEW FALLS: 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

THE WAY TO BETHLEHEM: A Nursery Rhyme for Epiphany

GOD IS IN THE TEMPLE AGAIN: A Carol for Candlemas



THE ANGEL’S GREETING: A Carol on the Annunciation

MOTHER WITHOUT MACKLE: A Litany of the Virgin Mary



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

COME WAVING BRANCHES: A Carol for Palm Sunday

BAKËD BREAD AND WINE SO RED: A Carol for Maundy Thursday

SING WELLAWAY: A Carol on the Agony in the Garden

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

THE HEMLOCK: A Carol on the Death of Jesus Christ

A GODFORSAKEN GOD: An Alphabet on the Death of Jesus Christ

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

A WRETCH ON A GALLOW TREE: A Song of Consolation

BROKEN THINGS: A Ballad for the Holy Triduum

SEVEN TIMES SEVEN: A Counting Song on the Passion of Jesus Christ



CHRIST IS RISEN: A Carol for Easter

HE IS NOT DEAD: A Carol for Easter Week



COME TO THE FEAST: A Carol for the Downtrodden



SING A SONG OF AGES: A Nursery Rhyme on the Infancy, Passion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ



O STAR OF HEAVEN: A Carol in Time of Pestilence

O VIRGIN OF MERCY: A Carol in Time of War





THE BESOM OF RUIN:

A SONG OF CONSOLATION










MARY BEARS EMMANUEL

A CAROL FOR ADVENT







MUSICAL SETTINGS





THE DEW FALLS

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







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










THE WAY TO BETHLEHEM

A NURSERY RHYME FOR EPIPHANY










GOD IS IN THE TEMPLE AGAIN

A CAROL FOR CANDLEMAS










THE ANGEL’S GREETING

A CAROL ON THE ANNUNCIATION










MOTHER WITHOUT MACKLE

A LITANY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN










THY BOSOM FRIEND

A CAROL ON THE BETRAYAL OF JESUS CHRIST










COME WAVING BRANCHES

A CAROL FOR PALM SUNDAY










BAKËD BREAD AND WINE SO RED

A CAROL FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY










SING WELLAWAY

A CAROL ON THE AGONY IN THE GARDEN










THE HEN SHRIKE

A BALLAD ON THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST










THE HEMLOCK

A CAROL ON THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST







MUSICAL SETTINGS





A GODFORSAKEN GOD

AN ALPHABET ON THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST










NO GREATER LOVE

A ROMANCE ON THE DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST










A WRETCH ON A GALLOW TREE

A SONG OF CONSOLATION










BROKEN THINGS

A BALLAD FOR THE HOLY TRIDUUM










SEVEN TIMES SEVEN

A COUNTING SONG ON THE PASSION OF JESUS CHRIST










CHRIST IS RISEN

A CAROL FOR EASTER










HE IS NOT DEAD

A CAROL FOR EASTER WEEK










COME TO THE FEAST

A CAROL FOR THE DOWNTRODDEN










SING A SONG OF AGES

A NURSERY RHYME ON THE INFANCY, PASSION, AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST










O STAR OF HEAVEN

A CAROL IN TIME OF PESTILENCE










O VIRGIN OF MERCY

A CAROL IN TIME OF WAR










all works copyright Daniel Mitsui / danielmitsuiartist at gmail dot com