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Bethlehem

Once there was a little town Upon a quiet hill

Author: Nancy Byrd Turner
Tune: [Once there was a little town]
Published in 3 hymnals

Author: Nancy Byrd Turner

Turner, Nancy Byrd. Born in Boydton, Virginia, July 29, 1880, daughter of Byrd Thornton Turner and Nancy Addison (Harrison) Turner. Composed her first verse at three. First published verse at age of 8--a romantic ballad, "Ruth in the Dentist's Chair" (he fell in love). Her father was an Episcopal minister; they lived in about a dozen small towns or rural communities during her childhood. In 1916, she went to Boston and joined the staff of Youth's Companion. She wrote under many pen names, and published in several magazines. She won numerous awards, including the "Golden Rose" of the New England Poetry Society and the Lyric Associates award of 1951. --Letter from Turner Rose to Jean Woodward Steele, Westminster Press, 1 February 1974, DNA… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Once there was a little town Upon a quiet hill
Title: Bethlehem
Author: Nancy Byrd Turner
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Far away

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Song and Play for Children #42

Songs for Little Children #d29

Songs of Praise for Schools #d53

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