DISCOVERY

Composer: Barbara Mays

Mays was born in Anderson, Indiana, in 1944 and graduated from Indiana University (B.S. in Communications 1965). Prior to her work as published of Friends United Press (1981-1988) she worked in the newspaper industry. At present she is director of the United Way for two counties in Indiana. She has several published pieces and currently serves on the committee preparing a new hymnal for the Society of Friends. She lives in Richmond, Indiana. --Presbyterian Hymnal Companion  Go to person page >

Harmonizer: John Weaver

Dr. John Weaver Organist/Music Director, Emeritus John Weaver retired at the end of May 2005, after 35 years of ministry as Director of Music and Organist at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. During his tenure here, he also served as Head of the Organ Department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia from 1972 to 2003 and Chair of the Organ Department at the Juilliard School from 1987 to 2004. The American Organist named him among the 101 most notable organists of the 20th century. Weaver traces his love for the "King of Instruments" back to his childhood. Born in the Eastern Pennsylvania town of Mauch Chunk (now called Jim Thorpe), his first introduction to music was through the organ at the First Presby… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Barbara Mays (1986)
Harmonizer: John Weaver (1988)
Meter: Irregular with refrain
Incipit: 5U1D5 U2D5U 31443 32(1)
Key: F Major or modal
Copyright: Harmonization © 1990 John Weaver. All rights reserved. Used by permission.; © 1990 Barbara Mays. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Texts

In Bethlehem a Babe Was Born

In Bethlehem a Babe was born
With love enough for all.
While kingdoms slept, the Lord camd down
To grace amanger stall.
And with a glorious light
Angels appeared that night,
Singing, "Come, come, Christ is born!
The Child of peace and sacrifice is waiting to be found."

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