1 Jesus, our brother, strong and good,
was humbly born in a stable rude,
and the friendly beasts around him stood,
Jesus, our brother, strong and good.
2 “I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
“I carried your mother uphill and down,
I carried your mother to Bethlehem town;
I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown.
3 “I,” said the cow, all white and red,
“I gave you my manger for your bed,
I gave you hay to pillow your head;
I,” said the cow, all white and red.
4 “I,” said the sheep with curly horn,
“I gave you my wool for a blanket warm,
you wore my coat on Christmas morn;
I,” said the sheep with curly horn.
5 “I,” said the dove, from the rafters high,
“I cooed you to sleep that you should not cry,
we cooed you to sleep, my love and I;
I,” said the dove, from the rafters high.
6 Thus all the beasts, by some good spell,
in the stable dark were glad to tell
of the gifts they gave Emmanuel,
the gifts they gave Emmanuel.
|First Line:||Jesus, our brother, strong and good|
|Title:||Jesus, Our Brother, Strong and Good|
|Topic:||Christmas; Jesus Christ: Birth and Infancy; Year A: Advent 4|
|Source:||French carol, 12th century, Trans. anon.|
|Harmonizer:||Ralph Vaughan Williams|
|Source:||French melody, early 13th century; Harm. The English Hymnal, 1906|