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Crawford R. Thoburn Born a Stranger

Categories
Anthems
Instrument(s)
Unaccompanied [a cappella]
Voicing
SATB
Difficulty
Moderately Easy
Suggested Uses(s)
Description

For SATB Choir. A wonderful setting of Christina Rossetti's poem. Not difficult, with straightforward harmonies, and particularly lovely.

Before the paling of the stars,
Before the winter morn,
Before the earliest cock crow,
Jesus Christ was born:
Born in a stable,
Cradled in a manger,
In the world his hands had made
Born a stranger.

Priest and king lay fast asleep
In Jerusalem;
Young and old lay fast asleep
In crowded Bethlehem;
Saint and angel, ox and ass,
Kept a watch together
Before the Christmas daybreak
In the winter weather.

Jesus on his mother's breast
In the stable cold,
Spotless lamb of God was he,
Shepherd of the fold:
Let us kneel with Mary maid,
With Joseph bent and hoary,
With saint and angel, ox and ass,
To hail the King of Glory.

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P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
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