The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

When David's Daughter

For Christmas

Words and Music: Hirour erregereki, Old Basque Carol

Words Translated by the Rev. J. O'Connor

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #93, pp. 4-5.

1. When David's daughter to David's city
    Bore Christ the strong to save,
No home found she nor pity
    But crept into a cave.

2. In cave she chanced on, the hillside under
    Where David hid from Saul,
That Maid mothered in wonder
    The dear Lord of us all.

3. Saint Joseph wandered, well-nigh heart-broken,
    In search of food and fire,
But found helpers bespoken
    By God's messenger-choir.

4. 'Twas thus Jehovah His promise loyal
    Fulfilled just where He maid,
And Christ, unto death loyal
    At birth loyal obeyed.

5. We praise the Son that He doth inherit
    The splendour of the Sire;
And praise be to the Spirit:
    Sing out, choir upon choir.

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #93, pp. 4-5.

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