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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.

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
Refrain First Line: Venite adoremus Dominum
Meter: 10 10 10 10 with refrain
Language: English; Latin
Publication Date: 1990
Source: Anglo-Irish carol; alt
Tune Information
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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