146. Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

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1 Gentle Mary laid her child
lowly in a manger;
there he lay, the undefiled,
to the world a stranger.
Such a babe in such a place,
can he be the Savior?
Ask the saved of all the race
who have found his favor.

2 Angels sang about his birth;
wise men sought and found him;
heaven’s star shone brightly forth,
glory all around him.
Shepherds saw the wondrous sight,
heard the angels singing;
all the plains were lit that night;
all the hills were ringing.

3 Gentle Mary laid her child
lowly in a manger;
he is still the undefiled,
but no more a stranger.
Son of God, of humble birth,
beautiful the story;
praise his name in all the earth;
hail the King of glory!

Text Information
First Line: Gentle Mary laid her child
Title: Gentle Mary Laid Her Child
Author: Joseph Simpson Cook (1919, rev. 1930)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 2:7-20; Galatians 4:4-5
Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ: Birth
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM
Arranger: Ernest C. MacMillan (1930)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D
Key: G Major or modal
Source: Piae Cantiones, 1582


Text Information:

This 20th-century Christmas text by an English-born Canadian clergyman was originally a poem called “The Manger Prince.” It gains a certain antique flavor by being set to a late medieval song associated with springtime. (The tune name means “The flowering time is near.”)

Tune Information:

(The tune name means “The flowering time is near.”)


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