The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Behold! In Lowly Manger Stall

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), The Christmas Oratorio, 1734
Part 2, For the Second Day of Christmas, St. Luke 2:8-14
No. 17, Chorale

Sheet music available at RoDeby Music Company

Behold! in lowly manger stall,
The Lord who reigneth over all;
Where fed before the oxen mild,
Now lies the Virgin's holy child.

German Original:

Schaut hin, dort liegt im fistern Stall,
Dess' Herrschaft gehet überall
Da Speise vormals sucht ein Rind.
Da ruhet jetzt der Jungfrau'n Kind

Free English Translation:

Behold here: there in a dark stable lies
the One who has dominion over all.
Where, before, an ox sought food
there now rests the Virgin's Child.


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