The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Silently Falling Snow

For Winter

Words: Wm. Orland Bourne

Music: German Air

Source: J. P. McCaskey, ed., Franklin Square Song Collection, No. 1. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1881, p. 75.

1. In flakes of a feathery white,
    'Tis falling so gently and slow;
Oh, pleasant to me is the sight,
    When silently falling the snow;
        Snow, snow, snow,
    When silently falling the snow;
        Snow, snow, snow,
    When silently falling the snow.

2. The earth is all covered today
    With mantle of radiant show;
It sparkles and shines in the ray,
    In crystals of glittering snow;
        Snow, snow, snow,
    In crystals of glittering snow;
        Snow, snow, snow,
    In crystals of glittering snow.

3. Oh, happy the snowbirds I see,
    While hopping and flitting they go,
They tell of a lesson to me,
    While feeding in beautiful snow;
        Snow, snow, snow,
    While feeding in beautiful snow;
        Snow, snow, snow,
    While feeding in beautiful snow.

4. How spotless it seems, and how pure,
    I would that my spirit were so!
Then, long as the soul shall endure,
    More brightly I'd shine than the snow;
        Snow, snow, snow,
    More brightly I'd shine than the snow;
        Snow, snow, snow,
    More brightly I'd shine than the snow.

5. But soon with the breath of the spring,
    Down streamlets and rivers 'twill flow
The season of summer will bring
    Bright flowers for silvery snow;
        Snow, snow, snow,
    Bright flowers for silvery snow;
        Snow, snow, snow,
    Bright flowers for silvery snow.

Sheet Music from J. P. McCaskey, ed., Franklin Square Song Collection, No. 1. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1881, p. 75.

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