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57. The Snow Lay on the Ground

1 The snow lay on the ground, the stars shone bright,
When Christ our Lord was born on Christmas night.
Venite adoremus Dominum. Venite adoremus Dominum.

Refrain:
Venite adoremus Dominum.
Venite adoremus Dominum.

2 'Twas gentle Mary maid, so young and strong,
Who welcomed here the Christchild with a song.
She laid Him in a stall at Bethlehem;
The ass and oxen shared the roof with them. (Refrain)

3 Saint Joseph, too, was by to tend the Child,
To guard him, and protect His mother mild.
The angels hovered round and sang this song:
Venite adoremus Dominum. (Refrain)

4 And thus that manger poor became a throne;
For He whom Mary bore was God the Son.
O come, then, let us join the heavenly host;
To praise the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. (Refrain)

Text Information
First Line: The snow lay on the ground, the stars shone bright
Title: The Snow Lay on the Ground
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: 10 10 10 10 with refrain
Source: Anglo-Irish carol; alt
Language: English; Latin
Refrain First Line: Venite adoremus Dominum
Tune Information
Name: VENITE ADOREMUS
Adapter: C. Winfred Douglas
Harmonizer: Leo Sowerby (1941)
Meter: 10 10 10 10 with refrain
Key: G Major
Copyright: Harmonization © 1941. Used by permissionof Ronald Stalford, executor of the estate of Leo Sowerby.



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