A child is born in Bethlehem (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2008-12-29)  CPDL #18418:  Network.png
Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2008-12-29).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 137 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Harmony based on Dr. Layrie
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General Information

Title: A Child is born in Bethlehem

Composer: Anonymous
Source of text: 15th Century words translated by Hamilton Montgomerie MacGill in Songs of the Christian Creed and Life, London 1876

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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A Child is born in Bethlehem,
In Bethlehem;
And joy is in Jerusalem,
Allelujah! Allelujah!

A lowly maiden all alone,
So all alone,
Gave birth to God's own Holy Son.
Allelujah! Allelujah!

She chose a manger for his bed,
For Jesus' bed.
God's angels sang for joy o'erhead,
Allelujah! Allelujah!

Give thanks and praise eternally,
To God, the Holy Trinity.
Allelujah! Allelujah!