The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

A Christmas Song

Laurence Housman (1865 - 1959)

1. Then from His throne the Godhead bowed
To human form below,
The Heavens dropt down, and every cloud
Hung loath to let Him go.
Oh, bright the light, and white the night,
When, full of favour stored,
God's maid lay down in Bethlehem town,
To wait the coming Lord!

2. Before His Feet went down the snow
Amid the tranquil night,
Till all the world lay white below
To greet the Lord of Light.
Oh, bright the light, and white the night,
When, full of favour stored,
God's Maid lay down in Bethlehem town,
To wait the coming Lord!

3. The rugged hills and all the rocks
Were covered as with fleece;
The towns were seen like folded flocks
To wait the Prince of Peace.
Oh, bright the light, and white the night,
When, full of favour stored,
God's Maid lay down in Bethlehem town,
To wait the coming Lord!

4. Oh, like a flock in field and fold,
The wintry world lay then,
On that fair night in days of old
When Christ came down to men.
Oh, bright the light, and white the night,
When, full of favour stored,
God's Maid lay down in Bethlehem town,
To wait the coming Lord!

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