The Babe in Bethlehem's manger laid (Traditional)

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Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: CC BY 1.0
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General Information

Title: The Babe in Bethlehem's manger laid
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1871 in Christmas Carols New and Old (John Stainer), Edition 2, no. 31
    2nd published: 1894 in Rev. Richard Chope: Carols for Use in Church (London: William Clowes & Sons)
    3rd published: 1913 in Martin Shaw and Percy Dearmer, The English Carol Book, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd.)
    4th published: 1918 in O. Hardwig, ed.: The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House)
    5th published: c.1924 in R.R. Terry, Old Christmas Carols (London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, Ltd.)
    6th published: 1933 in R.R. Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, Ltd.)
Description: English folk carol from Kent. Text, melody and harmony are given as anonymous or traditional in Chope and in Shaw & Dearmer.

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Original text and translations

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The Babe in Bethl'em's manger laid,
In humble form so low,
By wond'ring angels is surveyed
Thro' all His scenes of woe.

Noël, Noël
Now sing a Savior's birth,
All hail His coming down to earth,
Who raises us to heav'n.

A Savior, sinners all around!
Sing, shout the wondrous word;
Let every bosom hail the sound,
A Savior! Christ the Lord.


For, not to sit on David's throne
With worldly pomp and joy,
He came for sinners to atone,
And Satan to destroy.


To preach the word of life divine,
And feed with living bread,
To heal the sick with hand benign,
And raise to life the dead.


He preached, he suffered, bled and died,
Uplift 'twixt earth and skies;
In sinner's stead was crucified,
For sin to sacrifice.


Well may we sing a Savior's birth,
Who need the grace so given,
And hail His coming down to earth,
Who raises us to heaven.