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William Billings A Virgin Unspotted

Unaccompanied [a cappella]
Original Publication
Carols for Choirs
Moderately Easy
Suggested Uses(s)

Another rollicking good time from colonial composer Billings, this time for Christmas. Vigorous and fun, alternating between 6/4 and 6/8 time.

A Virgin unspotted,
by Prophet foretold,
Should bring forth a Savior
which now we behold,
to be our Redeemer
from death, hell and sin,
Which Adam's transgression
involved us in.

Then let us be merry,
put sorrow away
our Savior, Christ Jesus,
was born on this day.

God sent down an angel
from heaven so high,
to certain poor shepherds
in fields as they lie,
And made them no longer
in sorrow to stay,
Because that our Savior
was born on this day.

Then presently after,
the shepherds did spy
A number of angels
that stood in the sky.
They joyfully talked
and sweetly did sing.
"To God be all glory,
our heavenly King.

To teach us humility
all this was done,
Then learn we from hence,
haughtry pride fro to shun.
A manger's his cradle,
who came from above,
The Great God of mercy,
of peace and of love.


Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304


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