1 Jesus, our brother, strong and good,
was humbly born in a stable rude,
and the friendly beasts around him stood,
Jesus, our brother, strong and good.
2 “I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
“I carried his mother uphill and down,
I carried his mother to Bethlehem town;
I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown.
3 “I,” said the cow, all white and red,
“I gave him my manger for his bed,
I gave him hay to pillow his head;
I,” said the cow, all white and red.
4 “I,” said the sheep with curly horn,
“I gave him my wool for his blanket warm,
he wore my coat on Christmas morn;
I,” said the sheep with curly horn.
5 “I,” said the dove, from the rafters high,
“I cooed him to sleep that he should not cry,
we cooed him to sleep, my mate and I;
I,” said the dove, from the rafters high.
6 Thus all the beasts, by some good spell,
in the stable dark were glad to tell
of the gifts they gave Emmanuel,
the gifts they gave Emmanuel.
|First Line:||Jesus, our brother, strong and good|
|Title:||The Friendly Beasts|
|Topic:||Christ's Gracious Life: Birth and Baptism; Christian Year: Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany|
|Source:||12th cent. French carol|
|Harmonizer:||Carlton R. Young (1987)|
|Source:||Medieval French melody|
|Copyright:||Harm. © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House|