Once in Bethlehem of Judah (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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  • (Posted 2011-08-28)  CPDL #24291:       
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2011-08-28).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 73 kB   Copyright: Public Domain

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General Information

Title: Once in Bethlehem of Judah
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Lyricist: Cecil Frances Alexander

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

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Original text and translations

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Once in Bethlehem of Judah,
Far away across the sea,
There was laid a little baby
On a virgin mother’s knee.

O Savior, gentle Savior,
Hear Thy loving children sing,
The God of our salvation,
The child that is a king.

It was not a stately palace
Where that little baby lay,
With His servants to attend Him,
And with guards to keep the way.

But the oxen stood around Him,
In a stable low and dim;
In the world He had created
There was not a room for Him.

For He left His Father’s glory,
And the golden halls above,
And He took our human nature,
In the greatness of His love.

Of His infinite compassion,
He can feel our want and woe;
For He suffered, He was tempted,
When He lived our life below.

Still He stands and pleads in Heaven,
For us, weak and sin-defiled;
God, who is a man for ever,
Jesus, who was once a child.