Medley of Gaelic carols (James W. Keefe)

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  • (Posted 2012-09-16)  CPDL #27174:        (Finale 2011)
Editor: James W. Keefe (submitted 2012-09-16).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Medley of Gaelic Carols
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: James W. Keefe

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2010
Description: Medley includes Once in David's Royal City, Henry John Gaunlett, 1849; Wexford Carol, Irish Traditional; Gaelic (Scottish) Carol, Gaelic Traditional; and Ivy and Holly, Irish Traditinal. Bridges by the arranger.

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Original text and translations

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Once in royal David's city
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her only child.

He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall;
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour Holy.

Good people all, this Christmas time
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending his beloved son
With Mary holy we should pray,
To God with love this Christmas Day
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was a blessed Messiah born
The night before that happy tide
The noble Virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town
But mark right well what came to pass:
From every door repelled, alas!
As long foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble ox's stall.

Child in the manger, Infant of Mary
Outcast and stranger, Lord of all!
Child who inherits
All our transgressions!
All our demerits on Him fall.

Prophets foretold Him,
Infant of wonder
Angels behold Him on His throne;
Worthy our Savior
of all their praises
Happy forever are His own.

Come, buy my nice fresh ivy, and my holly sprigs so green.
I have the fairest branches that ever yet were seen.
Come buy from me, good Christians, and let me home, I pray,
And wish you a merry Christmastime and a happy New Year's Day.
Ah, won't you buy my ivy? The loveliest ever seen.
Ah, won't you buy my holly boughs, you that love the green?
Do take a little branch of each, and on my knees I'll pray
That God will bless your Christmas and with you New Year's Day.
Come buy from me, good Christians, and on my knees I'll pray
That God will bless your Christmas and with you New Year's Day.