O Little Town Of Bethlehem

This is the first in a series of posts leading up to Christmas 2016.  There will be four posts each with my arrangement of a well known Christmas carol.  I’m not going to explain anything about how I’ve made it my own or why I’ve done what I’ve done, but I hope you will listen to them and enjoy them.  I will give you the lyrics for each carol in case you’re interested though!

O Little Town Of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everylasting light;The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

O morning stars together proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King and peace to men on earth;
For Christ is born of Mary; and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep the angels keep their watch of wond’ring love.

How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is giv’n!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heav’n.
No ear may hear his coming; but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still the dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem descend to us we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell:
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel.

The text is by Phillips Brooks, the original melody that this piece is based on is a traditional English tune which was collected, adapted and arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

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