The snow lay on the ground (J. Guy Stalnaker)

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  • (Posted 2018-09-30)  CPDL #51401:       
Editor: J. Guy Stalnaker (submitted 2018-09-30).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 190 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The Snow Lay on the Ground
Composer: J. Guy Stalnaker

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATBB
Genre: SacredAnglican chant

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 2018
Description: An SSATBB setting of the Anglo-Irish carol (of unknown source, 19th cent.) The Snow Lay on the Ground, with optional Cello line, to organ accompaniment.

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Original text and translations

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1. The snow lay on the ground,
The stars shone bright,
When Christ our Lord was born
On Christmas night.
Venite adoremus Dominum;
Venite adoremus Dominum.

Venite adoremus Dominum;
Venite adoremus Dominum;
Venite adoremus Dominum;
Venite adoremus Dominum;

2. 'Twas Mary maid, so young and strong,
Who welcomed here the Christchild with a song
She laid Him in a stall
At Bethlehem;
The ass and oxen shared
The roof with them.

3. Saint Joseph, too, was by
To tend the Child;
To guard him, and protect
His mother mild;
The angels hovered round,
And sung this song,
Venite adoremus Dominum.

4. And thus that manger poor
Became a throne;
For He Whom Mary bore
Was God the Son.
O come, then, let us join
The heavenly host,
To praise the Father, Son,
And Holy Ghost.