|Adapter:||Tom Colvin (1967)|
|Copyright:||Text and music © 1969, Hope Publishing Co. International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Used by permission.|
That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger his cradle in Bethlehem.
Colvin adapted a traditional Malawian melody for this text and named the tune for the Blantyre Synod in Malawi. BLANTRYE is in a call-and-response form; therefore, it is best to alternate between soloists or small choir and the entire group or congregation. Try having a soloist sing stanza 1, the choir sing in parts on stanzas 2-4 (adjusting the hymnal harmonization, or using a published arrangement), and the entire group sing stanza 5 as well as the refrain. Another possibility would be to have young children gather to sing the refrain and the whole congregation sing the stanzas. Use very light accompaniment (if any at all), but support the tune with improvised percussion patterns: drums, tambourines, shakers, or clapping; Orff xylophones would also work well. This hymn is another one of those perpetual energy songs with no breaks between the refrain and the stanzas.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations