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Fair the night in Bethl'em land

Fair the night in Bethl'em land

Author: Charles William Stubbs
Tune: [Fair the night in Bethl’hem land]
Published in 3 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

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1 Fair the night in Bethl’hem land,
Sweet the songs of angel band.
Fall, snow, so lightly!
Jesu, born of Mary maid,
In an oxen stall was laid,
O star, shine brightly!

2 Rustic shepherds in a row
Knelt beside the cradle low.
Fall, snow, so lightly!
Told of all the magic song
They had heard their sheep among,
O star, shine brightly!

3 Three men rode from out the wild,
Came to greet the Christmas Child.
Fall, snow, so lightly!
Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar,
Magian pilgrims from afar.
O star, shine brightly!

4 Spice and myrrh and gold of kings,
Offerings rare of far-brought things.
Fall, snow, so lightly!
Gold for joy and myrrh for pain,
Frankincense for altar’s fane
O star, shine brightly!

5 Nowell, Nowell, sing we then,
Jesu saves the souls of men.
Fall, snow, so lightly!
So joy comes from God above
To all those who Christmas love.
O star, shine brightly!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11280

Author: Charles William Stubbs

Stubbs, Charles William, D.D., was born at Liverpool, Sept. 3, 1845, educated at the Royal Institution School, Liverpool, and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; B.A. in honours 1868, M.A. 1876, D.D. 1894. Ordained in 1868, he has held some of the most important positions in the Church, including the Deanery of Ely, and is now (1907) Bishop of Truro. His published works are numerous, but do not come, except in the most remote degree, into the realm of hymnology. In his Brythhoth’s Prayer, and Other Poems, 1899, the hymn "We hail Thee, King of kings! Imperial Christ" appeared (p. 66). In Horder's Worship Song, 1905, it is slightly altered and abbreviated as “We hail Thee, King of kings, Eternal Christ." --Joh… Go to person page >

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First Line: Fair the night in Bethl'em land
Author: Charles William Stubbs


The Cyber Hymnal #11280
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