When David's Daughter
Words and Music: Hirour erregereki, 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 #93, pp. 4-5.
When David's daughter to David's city
Bore Christ the strong to save,
No home found she nor pity
But crept into a cave.
In cave she chanced on, the hillside under
Where David hid from Saul,
That Maid mothered in wonder
The dear Lord of us all.
Saint Joseph wandered, well-nigh heart-broken,
In search of food and fire,
But found helpers bespoken
By God's messenger-choir.
'Twas thus Jehovah His promise loyal
Fulfilled just where He maid,
And Christ, unto death loyal
At birth loyal obeyed.
We praise the Son that He doth inherit
The splendour of the Sire;
And praise be to the Spirit:
Sing out, choir upon choir.
Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #93, pp. 4-5.
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