The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Snow In The Street

Words: William Morris, 1834-1896

Music: R. Vaughan Williams
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Source: Martin Shaw and Percy Dearmer, The English Carol Book, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co. Ltd., 1913), Carol #48.

Part I

1. From far away we come to you,
The snow on the street and the wind on the door.
To tell of great tidings strange and true.
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor:

Refrain
From far away we come to you,
To tell of great tidings, strange and true.

2. For as we wandered far and wide,
The snow on the street and the wind on the door.
What hap do you deem there should us betide?
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor:

3. Under a bent when the night was deep,
The snow on the street and the wind on the door.
There lay three shepherds tending their sheep.
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor:

4. “O ye shepherds what have you seen,
The snow on the street and the wind on the door.
To slay your sorrow and heal your teen?”
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor:

5. “In an ox-stall this night we saw
The snow on the street and the wind on the door.
A Babe and a Maid without a flaw.
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor:

Part II

6. “There was an old man there besides;
The snow on the street and the wind on the door.
His hair was white, and his hood was wide.
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor:

7. “And as we gazed this thing upon,
The snow on the street and the wind on the door.
Those twain knelt down to the little one.
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor:

8. “And a marvelous song we straight did hear,
The snow on the street and the wind on the door.
That slew our sorrow and healed our care.”
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor:

Part III

9. News of a fair and a marvelous thing,
The snow on the street and the wind on the door.
Nowell, nowell, nowell, we sing!
Minstrels and maids stand forth on the floor:

Sheet Music from Martin Shaw and Percy Dearmer, The English Carol Book, Second Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd., 1913), Carol #48
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

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