The Babe of Bethlehem
Austin C. Lovelace

Composer Austin C. Lovelace
Text Anonymous
Voicing SATB, keyboard
Lectionary usage Christmas
Price $1.75 (U.S.)
Length 1' 20" Released 6/96
Catalog no. 405-209
Difficulty Mod. easy

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Lovelace, often called the "Dean of American Church Music," has used the sturdy Southern Harmony tune BABE OF BETHLEHEM to create this honest and exuberant piece. Moderately easy and easily rehearsed.

Upon a night a glorious light
to shepherd there appeared,
bright angels came in shining flame,
they saw and greatly feared.
The angels said, "Be not afraid,
although we much alarm you,
we do appear good news to bear,
as now we will inform you."

The city's name is Bethlehem,
in which God hath appointed,
this glorious morn a Savior's born,
for him God hath anointed;
in Jesus' name, the glorious theme,
we elevate our voices,
at Jesus' birth be peace on earth,
meanwhile all heaven rejoices.

Then with delight they took their flight,
and wing'd their way to glory;
the shepherds gazed and were amazed
to hear the pleasing story.
To Bethlehem they quickly came,
the glorious news to carry,
and in the stall they found them all,
the Babe, with Joseph and Mary.

The shepherds then returned again
to their own habitation,
with joy of heart they did depart,
now they have found salvation.
All glory be to God on high,
who sent his Son to save us.
This glorious morn the Savior's born,
his name it is Christ Jesus.

Text: Anonymous

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"Austin C. Lovelace has arranged an attractive, carol-like, tune The Babe of Bethlehem from William Walker's Southern Harmony, 1835, with its anonymous narrative text." Bulletin of The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland, April 1997


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