204. Little Bethlehem of Judah

Text Information
First Line: Little Bethlehem of Judah
Title: Little Bethlehem of Judah
Versifier: Calvin Seerveld (1986)
Meter: 85 83
Scripture: Micah 5:2-4; Micah 5:4
Topic: Biblical Names & Places: Bethlehem; Biblical Names & Places: Judah; Shepherd, God/Christ as1 more...
Language: English
Copyright: © Calvin Seerveld
Tune Information
Name: WESTRIDGE
Composer: Martin Fallas Shaw (1929)
Meter: 85 83
Key: F Major
Copyright: By permission of Oxford University Press


Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Mic. 5:2
st. 2 = Mic. 5:3
st. 3 = Mic. 5:4

Micah 5:2-4 singles out Bethlehem as the source of the Messiah, the One whose rule would bring reconciliation and initiate the kingdom of God. Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22) paraphrased this passage in 1986 for the Psalter Hymnal.

Liturgical Use
Advent; service of Christmas lessons and carols.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

WESTRIDGE is a charming two-line tune, effective precisely because "small is beautiful." Martin F. Shaw (PHH 49) composed it in 1929 for a children's hymn, “Jesus, Friend of Little Children,” and the tune was published in Songs of Praise for Boys and Girls (1930). Sing it in unison and use light accompaniment, possibly even reducing the texture to three parts. Seerveld suggests a well-trained child's voice with piano accompaniment as a performance option.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Media
MIDI file: MIDI Preview(Faith Alive Christian Resources)




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