The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jesus Born In Beth'ny

Appalachia 18th or 19th Century, Collected by John Jacob Niles
The musical arrangement published by G. Schirmer is distributed by
Hal Leonard Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

1. Jesus born in Beth'ny, Jesus born in Beth'ny
Jesus born in Beth'ny, and in a manger lay.
And in a manger lay, and in a manger lay,
Jesus born in Beth'ny, and in a manger lay.

2. Jesus went a-preachin', Jesus went a-preachin',
Jesus went a-preachin', the Gospel of his God;
Gospel of his Father, Gospel of his God;
Jesus went a-preachin', the Gospel of his God;

3. Judas did betray him, Judas did betray him,
Judas did betray him, sold him to the mob;
Sold him to the mob, sold him to the mob;
Judas did betray him, sold him to the mob;

4. Mob did crucify him, Mob did crucify him,
Mob did crucify him, and nailed him to the tree;
Nailed him to the tree, nailed him to the tree;
Mob did crucify him, and nailed him to the tree;

5. Joseph begged His body, Joseph begged His body,
Joseph begged His body, and placed hit in a tomb;
Placed hit in a tomb, placed hit in a tomb;
Joseph begged His body, and placed hit in a tomb;

6. Tomb it would not hold him, tomb it would not hold him,
Tomb it would not hold him, hit burst the bonds of death;
Burst the bonds of death, burst the bonds of death;
Tomb it would not hold him, hit burst the bonds of death;

7. Early then one morning, early then one morning,
Early then one morning, before the break of day,
Came the heavenly angel, rolled the stone away,
Early then one morning before the break of day.

8. Mary came a-weeping, Mary came a-weeping,
Mary came a-weeping, "They've stole my Lord away;
Stole my Lord away; stole my Lord away;"
Mary came a-weeping, "They've stole my Lord away;

9. Jesus has arisen, Jesus has arisen,
Jesus has arisen, and gone to Galilee;
Gone to Galilee, gone to Galilee;
Jesus has arisen, and gone to Galilee;

10. Jesus then ascended, Jesus then ascended,
Jesus then ascended, up to his Father's throne;
To his Father's throne, to his Father's throne;
Jesus then ascended, up to his Father's throne;

According to Niles, it was recorded in Marion, Smythe County, Virginia, October 1932.

Earthly Delights: Xmas Carols

This carol was included by John Jacob Niles, collector of 'I wonder as I wander', in Ten Christmas Carols from the Southern Appalachian Mountains, 1935. It was recorded by the Baltimore Consort on their A Bright Star Day CD as 'A Christmas Jig'.

 

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