We Sing Of David's Daughter
Words and Music: Khanta zagun guziek, Old Basque Carol
Words Translated by the Rev. J. O'Connor
Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #99, pp. 16-17.
1. We sing of David's daughter,
Who bore us Christ the King,
What time great Gabriel taught her
How God from maid could spring.
The news of our salvation
O Mary how did'st thou hear?
'In Gabriel's salutation,
All heaven came down here.'
2. What did the Most High tell thee,
How rang the angel's voice?
'Hail full of grace O maiden,
The Lord bids thee rejoice.'
Where wast thou when thou heardest
The angel Gabriel's word?
'At home in Galilea,
Alone before the Lord.'
3. When Gabriel so
What other word spoke he?
'He said: Thou shalt conceive Him,
God's Son thy Son shall be.'
And were you troubled Mary
When so the angel said?
'Yes, was I troubled truly
4. O then, what said
On seeing thee afraid?
'The Holy Ghost will fill thee,
The power most High o'ershade.'
And did'st thou then believe Him?
What answer did'st thou dree?
'Behold the Lord's handmaiden,
His will be done in me.'
Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #99, pp. 16-17.
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