The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Our Lady on Christmas Day

For Christmas Eve, For Christmas Day

Words: Maria die zoude naer Bethlehem, Dutch Carol of the 15th Century

Words translated by the Rev. John O'Connor

Music: Traditional Dutch Carol

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #116, pp. 12-13.

1. Our Lady on Christmas Eve had to go
To Bethlehem in frost and snow;
Saint Joseph went too, To show her the way
And bring her secure to Christmas Day.

2. It hailed and it snowed, it grew very cold
The rime was hoar on field and fold
Saint Joseph said: Ah what e'er shall I do?
If so we go on what happens to you?

3. Said Mary, I'm weary and fain would I stay
But let us go further along the way
There's something that tells me a hut is near by
And that is less bleak than open sky.

4. A little way on, to a stable they came
No door no hearth the cold to tame,
And so the Lord Jesus was born that night
Where David was promised glory and might.

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #116, pp. 12-13.

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