Scripture Verse

She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7


Scene from the Life
of the Virgin
Maarten de Vos

Words & Mu­sic: Old Kent­ish ca­rol. Ap­peared in Christ­mas Ca­rols New and Old, by Hen­ry R. Bram­ley & John Stain­er (Lon­don: No­vel­lo, Ew­er, ci­rca 1871), num­ber 31 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Bram­ley (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

John Stainer


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


Nowell, Nowell—
O 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,
To give the 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 sinners’ stead was crucified,
For sin a sacrifice.


Well may we sing the Savior’s birth,
Who need the grace so giv’n,
And hail His coming down to earth,
Who raises us to Heav’n.