The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Bethlehem's Stall

For Christmas

Words and Music: Abets zagun guziek, Old Basque Carol

Words Written for the tune by K. W. Simpson

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #109, pp. 36-37.

1. Bethlehem's darkened city
    Mary and Joseph sought,
Asking (for love or pity)
    Haven or hearts distraught
        Houses were shut upon them;
            Faces were cold and stark;
        Fire there was none to warm them;
            Candle to light the dark.

2. Seeking the shed before them,
    Turning, with hearts forlorn,
There – with the cattle o'er Him –
    Jesus their Son was born.
        Yet, did the Princes seek Him,
            Shepherds and Magi wise
        Kings rode in haste to greet Him,
            Under the starry skis.

3. Saw they His glory, shedding
    Radiance o'er them all:
Lighting His meagre bedding,
    Gilding His lonely stall:
        'NOEL! GLAD NOEL!' crying
            Worshiping at His feet;
        Faith (like our own) undying,
            Blending their accents sweet.

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #109, pp. 36-37.

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