The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Now Stand We In The Village

Words: George Ratcliffe Woodward

Music: Khanta zagun guzick (A Basque air), harmonized by G.R.W.

Source: Charles Wood and George Ratcliffe Woodward, The Cambridge Carol-Book, Being Fifty-Two Songs For Christmas, Easter, And Other Seasons (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1924), #21.

1. 'Now stand we in the village,
    Where Jesse's bairns were born;
Amid the fields of tillage,
    Whence Boaz reap'd his corn.
Here welleth David's Fountain;
    There Rachel's body lies:
Soon o'er you Eastern mountain
    Shall Jacob's Star arise.

2. 'The seventy weeks, appointed
    Of God, are now fulfill'd:
Ere long the Lord's Anointed
    Shall born be, as He will'd;
Whereat the prophet wond'red
    When Gabriel told him so
In Babylon, four hundred
    And thirty years ago.

3. 'Which Gabriel late did meet thee,
    And, with divining rod,
Right reverently greet thee
    As Mother to his God.
Let Ahaz read his dial,
    And (e'en as Esay bade)
Confess, without denial,
    The Son of Mary Maid.

4. 'Now, Lady, 'mid the number
    Of pilgrim folk, our kin,
Go seek we place of slumber,
    And shelter 'neath yond inn.'
'Good Joseph, 'neath yond inn.'
    In chamber, great or small,
The host will not be able
    To find us room withal:

5. 'So turn we from the tavern,
    And, seeing night is nigh,
Seek lodging in this cavern,
    Where kine and assen lie.'
Ah! Bethlem, didst thou know it,
    Of yonder Maid, e'er morn,
As Micah did foreshow it,
    In thee shall God be born.

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