The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Snow Lay Deep Upon The Ground

Compare: The Snow Lay On The Ground

Words: Unknown

Music: Traditional

Source: Carol #515, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. The snow lay deep upon the ground,
The stars above shone bright,
The stars above shone bright
When Angels sang Christ Jesus' Birth
For us on Christmas night,
When Angels sang Christ Jesus' Birth
For us on Christmas night,
For us on Christmas night.

2. 'Twas blessed Mary, daughter pure,
Of saintly mother Anne,
Of saintly mother Anne,
That brought into this sinful world
The Saviour God made Man,
That brought into this sinful world
The Saviour God made Man
The Saviour God made Man.

3. She laid Him lowly in the stall
At ancient Bethlehem;
At ancient Bethlehem;
And ox and ass bid also share
The humble roof with them,
And ox and ass bid also share
The humble roof with them,
The humble roof with them.

4. And Joseph, Mary's holy Spouse,
Was near to tend the Child,
Was near to tend the Child,
And duteously protect from harm
The Virgin Mother mild.
And duteously protect from harm
The Virgin Mother mild,
The Virgin Mother mild.

5. The Angels hovered round the place,
And sang the heavenly song,
And sang the heavenly song,
And duteously protect from harm
The Virgin Mother mild.
And duteously protect from harm
The Virgin Mother mild,
The Virgin Mother mild.

6. And now, behold, that Manger poor
Henceforth became a Throne
Henceforth became a Throne;
For He whom Blessed Mary bore
Was Jesus, God's own Son!
For He whom Blessed Mary bore
Was Jesus, God's own Son!
Was Jesus, God's own Son!

7. O come, then, Christians, let us join
The bright and Heavenly Host,
The bright and Heavenly Host,
And sing the praise of Father, Son,
And of the Holy Ghost.
And sing the praise of Father, Son,
And of the Holy Ghost.
And of the Holy Ghost.

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)
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Sheet Music from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #44

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