SAB Choir, Keyboard, single handbell, and optional windchimes. A captivating chant-like melody coupled with the tune: Picardy (Let All Mortal Flesh). What a beautiful piece to convey the holy mystery of the Nativity. Easy, poignant, and a marvelous addition to your Christmas Eve or Lessons and Carols service.
Dost Thou in a manger lie, who hast all created,
Stretching infant hands on high, Savior, long awaited?
If a monarch, where Thy state? Where Thy court on Thee to wait?
Royal purple where?
Here no regal pomp we see; Naught but need and penury;
why thus cradled here?
"For the world a love supreme brought me to this stable?
all creation to redeem, I alone am able.
By this lowly birth of mine, sinner, riches shall be thine,
matchless gifts and free;
Willingly this yoke I take, and this sacrifice I make,
heaping joys for thee."
Christ, we raise with voices bold, laud and honor raising;
for these mercies manifold join the hosts in praising;
Father, glory be to thee for thy wondrous charity
of thy Son, our Lord.
Better witness to thy worth, purer sacrifice on earth,
angels's songs afford.