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
Lyricist:

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.

External websites:

https://hymnary.org/text/the_snow_lay_on_the_ground

Original text and translations

English.png English text

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.

Refrain:
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.