Bethlehem Down (Peter Warlock)

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  • (Posted 2006-07-29)  CPDL #12141:         
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2006-07-29).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Bethlehem Down
Composer: Peter Warlock
Lyricist: Bruce Bluntcreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1928
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Original text and translations

English.png English text

When He is King we will give him the Kings' gifts,
Myrrh for its sweetness, and gold for a crown,
Beautiful robes', said the young girl to Joseph,
Fair with her first-born on Bethlehem Down.

Bethlehem Down is full of the starlight,
Winds for the spices, and stars for the gold,
Mary for sleep, and for lullaby music
Songs of a shepherd by Bethlehem fold.

When He is King they will clothe Him in grave-sheets,
Myrrh for embalming, and wood for a crown,
He that lies now in the white arms of Mary,
Sleeping so lightly on Bethlehem Down.

Here He has peace and a short while for dreaming,
Close-huddled oxen to keep Him from cold,
Mary for love, and for lullaby music
Songs of a shepherd by Bethlehem fold.