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Baby Jesus

Representative Text

1 On a bed of sweet, new hay,
In a stable far away,
Little Baby Jesus lay fast asleep.

2 And His mother, watching there,
Softly sang a thank-you prayer,
Little Baby Jesus lay fast asleep.

Source: Sing for Joy: a songbook for young children #6

Author: Elizabeth M. Shields

Shields, Elizabeth McEwen. (Camden, South Carolina, September 22, 1879--May 5, 1962, Asheville, North Carolina). She was named for her grandmother, Elizabeth McEwen of South Carolina. Director, Children's Work of the Presbyterian Board of Christian Education; Chair, children's section of what is now known as the National Council of Churches. Published many books for children, including Junior Hymns and Songs and Worship and Conduct Songs. --Tina Schneider, from information in the DNAH Archives, which includes correspondence from Elizabeth McEwen Shield's sister. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: On a bed of sweet, new hay
Title: Baby Jesus
Author: Elizabeth M. Shields
Language: English



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

Our Hymns of Praise #61a


Sing for Joy #6

Page Scan

Worship and Conduct Songs #38

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