The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Beside Thy Cradle Here I Stand

Words: Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier, Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676), Geistliche Gesangbuch
Trans: John Troutbeck (1832-1899)

Music: Nun freut euch (Christliche Lieder, 1524, Wittenberg), attributed to Martin Luther
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Meter: 87 87 887

Harmonization: Johann Sebastian Bach, Christmas Oratorio

1. Beside the cradle here I stand
O Thou that ever livest
Accept me, 'tis my mind and heart
My soul, my strength, my ev'ry part
That thou from me requirest.

2. And bring Thee with a willing hand
The very gifts Thou givest
Accept me, 'tis my mind and heart
My soul, my strength, my ev'ry part
That thou from me requirest.

Alternate

Beside the cradle here I stand
O Thou that ever livest
And bring Thee with a willing hand
The very gifts Thou givest
Accept me, 'tis my mind and heart
My soul, my strength, my ev'ry part
That thou from me requirest.

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Sheet Music to "Alternate" from Francis James Finn, Father Finn's Carol Book. 60 Christmas Songs and Carols, Old and New. Selected from the Repertory of the Paulist Choristers. (Boston: C. C. Birchard & Company, 1917), p. 46.

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