Gentle Mary laid her childAuthor: Joseph Simpson Cook (1919)
Tune: TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM
Gospel Acclamation Songs
Published in 37 hymnals
Printable scores: PDF, SibeliusAudio files: MIDI
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!
Baptist Hymnal,, 1991
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|Title:||Gentle Mary Laid Her Child|
|Author:||Joseph Simpson Cook (1919)|
|Liturgical Use:||Gospel Acclamation Songs|
“Gentle Mary Laid Her Child” was written by Joseph Simpson Cook in 1919. One writer reports that it “was written in 1919 for a carol competition sponsored by the Christian Guardian and was first published in the Christmas issue of the magazine by the Methodist Publishing House, Toronto” (Fred D. Gealy, Companion to the Hymnal, p. 185). The first and third stanzas share the same structure and similar wording as they bracket the second stanza, which describes a high point of the Christmas story.
The tune TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM is named after its original Latin text, which was loosely translated into English as “Spring has now unwrapped the flowers.” It was originally a spring carol, but is better known with the Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas.” The source of this tune is the 1582 collection Piae Cantiones.
This hymn is sung in Christmas services. It could be paired with another hymn about the angels' visit to the shepherds, such as “Angels From the Realms of Glory” or “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.”
Hal Hopson's setting of “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child” for choir and keyboard fits the simplicity of the tune, and includes optional instruments (string quartet, handbells). Especially effective is the second verse, which is about the angels visiting the shepherds, where the lower voices sing the angels' song in Latin, “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” underneath the melody in the soprano. Gilbert Martin has set the text of “Gentle Mary” to an original melody in his choral arrangement. Instrumental arrangements that could be used for a prelude or special music include “Good King Wencesles”, a handbell arrangement of the tune by Martha Lynn Thompson with a full sound, and “A Carol Suite” by Michael Burkhardt, which includes a setting of this tune for organ and clarinet or oboe, and flute.
Tiffany Shomsky, Hymnary.org
|Instances (14)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #178||흥 분 한 군 중 들 이 거 리 에 (Filled with excitement, all the happy throng)||흥 분 한 군 중 들 이 (Filled with Excitement)||긋 긋 에 서 모 두 찬 양 부 느 네 (From every corner a thousand voices sing)||Rubén Ruiz Avila; Gertrude C. Suppe||Rubén Ruiz Avila; Alvin Schutmaat||Matthew 21:8-9; Mark 11:8-10; Luke 19:36-38; John 2:12-13||HOSANNA||C Major||English; Korean||2001|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #101||Gentle Mary laid her child||Gentle Mary Laid Her Child||Joseph Simpson Cook||Ernest MacMillan||18.104.22.168 D||Luke 2:7||TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM||G Major||1991|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #212||Gentle Mary laid her Child||Gentle Mary Laid Her Child||Joseph Simpson Cook||Ernest MacMillan||22.214.171.124 D||TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM||G Major or modal||English||2008|
|Lutheran Service Book #966||Before You, Lord, we bow||Before You, Lord, We Bow||Francis Scott Key, 1779-1843||John Darwall, 1731-89; William H. Monk, 1823-89||126.96.36.199.8.8||Psalm 145:1; Psalm 29:11; Psalm 46:9; Psalm 72:3; Psalm 72:7||DARWALL'S 148TH||C Major||English||2006|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #522||Grant peace, we pray, in mercy, Lord||Grant Peace, We Pray, in Mercy, Lord||Martin Luther, 1483-1546||188.8.131.52.8||VERLEIH UNS FRIEDEN GNÄDIGLICH||e minor or modal||1993|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #154||Jesus entered Egypt||Jesus Entered Egypt||Adam M. L. Tice||Ralph Vaughan Williams||184.108.40.206 D||Deuteronomy 10:19; Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:13-15; Matthew 25:34-40; Hebrews 13:2||KING’S WESTON||d minor or modal||English||2013|
|Lutheran Service Book #374||Gentle Mary laid her child||Gentle Mary Laid Her Child||Joseph Simpson Cook, 1859-1933||220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168||Luke 2:1-20; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 John 3:5||TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM||G Major or modal||English||2006|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #27||Gentle Mary laid her child||Gentle Mary Laid Her Child||Joseph Simpson Cook||Ernest C. MacMillan||22.214.171.124 D||Matthew 2:8-12; Luke 2:7||TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM||G Major||English||1990|
|Rejoice Hymns #239||In Christ alone, my hope is found||In Christ Alone||Keith Getty, 1974-; Stuart Townend, 1963-||Keith Getty, 1974-; Stuart Townend, 1963-||126.96.36.199 D||Psalm 39:7||IN CHRIST ALONE||D Major||English||2011|
|Rejoice in the Lord #210||Gentle Mary laid her child||Gentle Mary Laid Her Child||Joseph Simpson Cook||188.8.131.52 D||TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM||A Flat Major||English||1985|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #70||We worship and adore You, bowing down before You||Danny R. Jones||2 Chronicles 29:30||Worship and Adore||2006|
|The Worshiping Church #156||Gentle Mary laid her Child||Gentle Mary Laid Her Child||Joseph S. Cook||Ernest Macmillan||184.108.40.206 D||John 1:11; Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 2:7; Luke 2:16; Luke 9:28-36; Revelation 5:9||TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM||G Major||English||1990|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #229||Gentle Mary laid her child||Gentle Mary Laid Her Child||Joseph Simpson Cook||Ernest MacMillan||220.127.116.11 D||Matthew 2:9-11; Luke 2:7-14||TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM||G Major||English||1990|
|Enlarged Songs of Praise #590||Not with a choir of angels without number||18.104.22.168 D||1931|