210. Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

1 Gentle Mary laid her Child lowly in a manger;
there he lay, the undefiled, to the world a stranger:
Such a Babe in such a place -- can he be the Savior?
Ask the saved of all the race who have found his favor.

2 Angels sang about his birth; wise men sought and found him;
heaven’s star shone brightly forth, glory all around him.
Shepherds saw the wondrous sight, heard the angels singing;
all the plains were lit that night, all the hills were ringing.

3 Gentle Mary laid her Child lowly in a manger;
he is still the undefiled, but no more a stranger.
Son of God, of humble birth, beautiful the story;
praise his name in all the earth, hail the King of Glory!

Text Information
First Line: Gentle Mary laid her child
Title: Gentle Mary Laid Her Child
Author: Joseph Simpson Cook (1919)
Publication Date: 1985
Meter: D trochaic
Topic: Biblical Characters: Mary
Language: English
Notes: Now Public Domain
Copyright: © 1956, 1958 by Gordon V. Thompson, Ltd.
Tune Information
Meter: D trochaic
Key: A♭ Major
Source: Piae Cantiones (1582)

More media are available on the text authority and tune authority pages.

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us