If I had been in Bethlehem (Sally DeFord)

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Editor: Sally DeFord (submitted 2000-07-02).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 37 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: If I Had Been in Bethlehem
Composer: Sally DeFord

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: S
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

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Original text and translations

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If I had been in Bethlehem the night of Jesus' birth
And heard afar the angels' joyful song of peace on earth
If I had seen the shepherds come to seek the baby fair
I think I would have followed them, and knelt beside them there

If I had lived in eastern lands and watched with eager eyes
If I had seen his star appear and blaze among the skies
If I had seen the wise men go to seek the newborn King
I think I would have followed them, my finest gifts to bring

I did not live in Bethlehem that Christmas night of old
Or travel with the wise men there, to bring him gifts of gold
But I can give a greater gift than any earthly gem
For all my heart and all my love will be my gift to him.