The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Bethlehem Land

Alternate Title: Fair The Night in Bethlehem Land

Words: Rev. C. W. Stubbs

Music: T. Tertius Noble
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Carol #310, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. Fair the night in Bethl'hem land,
Sweet the songs of angel band.
  Fall, snow, so lightly!
Jesu, born of Mary maid,
In an oxen stall was laid,
  O star, shine brightly!

2. Rustic shepherds in a row
Knelt beside the cradle low.
  Fall, snow, so lightly!
Told of all the magic song
They had heard their sheep among,
  O star, shine brightly!

3. Three men rode from out the wild,
Came to greet the Christmas child.
  Fall, snow, so lightly!
Caspar, Melchoir, Balthazar,
Magian pilgrims from afar.
  O star, shine brightly!

4. Spice and myrrh and gold of kings,
Offerings rare of far-brought things.
  Fall, snow, so lightly!
Gold for joy and myrrh for pain,
Frankincense for altar's fane
  O star, shine brightly!

5. Nowell, Nowell, sing we then,
Jesu saves the souls of men.
  Fall, snow, so lightly!
So joy comes from God above
To all those who Christmas love.
  O star, shine brightly!

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