The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christ Was Born In Bethlehem

Words and Music: Sung by Mrs. Sina Boone at Shoal Creek, Burnsville, N.C., Oct. 1, 1918
Hexatonic (No. 7th)
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Maud Karpeles, ed., English Folk Songs From The Southern Appalachians Collected by Cecil Sharp, Vol. 2 (London: Oxford University Press / Humphrey Milford, 1932), #210, p. 293.

1. Christ was born in Bethlehem,
Christ was born in Bethlehem,
Christ was born in Bethlehem,
And in the manger laid,
And in the manger laid,
And in the manger laid,
Christ was born in Bethlehem,
And in the manger laid.

2. Judas he betrayed him (3 times)
And sold him to the Jews (3 times)
Judas he betrayed him
And sold him to the Jews.

3. The Jews crucified him
And nailed him to the tree.

4. Joseph begged his body
And laid him in the tomb.

5. Early in the morning
Before the break of day,

6. Down came two angels
And rolled the stone away.

7. Mary came weeping,
Her loving Lord to see.

8. What is the matter, Mary?
They've stole my Lord away.

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