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The Snow Lay on the Ground

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1 The snow lay on the ground, the stars shone bright,
When Christ the Lord was born on Christmas night.
Venite, adoremus Dominum;
Venite, adoremus Dominum.

Venite, adoremus Dominum;
Venite, adoremus Dominum.

2 'Twas Mary, daughter pure, came to the crèche,
And brought into this world the Word made flesh.
She laid him in a stall at Bethlehem;
The ass and oxen shared the roof with them. [Refrain]

3 Saint Joseph, too, was near 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 heav'nly host,
To praise the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. [Refrain]

Source: One in Faith #401


The snow lay on the ground. [Christmas.] This appears to be a West of England traditional carol, and is given as such in R. R. Chope's Carols, 1875, No. 44, where it begins "The snow lay deep upon the ground." In the Crown of Jesus, 1862, No. 146, it begins “The snow lay on the ground" and is marked, with regard to the tune, as "Christmas Carol, sung in Rome by the Pifferari from the Abruzzi Mountains." The text of 1862 is in the Arundel Hymnal, 1902, and many others. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #6165
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Instances (1 - 11 of 11)
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Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #101

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Glory to God #116


Journeysongs (2nd ed.) #354


Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #319

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One in Faith #401

The Book of Praise #157


The Cyber Hymnal #6165


The Faith We Sing #2093

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The Hymnal 1982 #110


The Presbyterian Hymnal #57

찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship #163

Include 29 pre-1979 instances
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