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Christ's Birth


[Introduction]

When Christ was born in Bethlehem,
No neighbours called, no friends came round.
The visitors were country folk -
Rough shepherds - wakened by the sound
Of angel voices telling them
To go and seek in Bethlehem
A Mighty Prince - a fragile Child -
Cradled by His mother mild,
They went, they sought, they found.

When Christ was born in Bethlehem,
The townsfolk all ignored His birth;
But strangers came, led by a star,
From distant corners of the earth
To offer Him their gifts most rare,
In that stable cold and bare.
Their prophecies - a fragile Child -
Cradled by His mother mild,
They came, they sought, they found.

When Christ was born in Bethlehem,
No feast was planned, no banquet spread,
The cosy homes were closed to Him -
His shelter poor - a cattle shed;
His bed - a manger filled with straw.
The ox and ass watched all in awe -
The lonely birth- a fragile Child -
Cradled by His mother mild,
Come now, seek Him, and find.

When Christ is born this Christmastide
In every true believer's heart,
Then peace and joy flood over all
And guilt and pain and fear depart.
In Him no outcast need feel lost -
Their debt is paid - whate'er the cost
By God in Christ - the fragile Child -
Cradled by His mother mild.
Come now, seek Him, and find.

Copyright (c) Elizabeth & John Tolson 1997

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"Christ's Birth" was one of those songs where the words seemed to write themselves.
That can create a problem -
for then the musician does not feel that he, or she, can alter them.

Only John took up the challenge - he has never written a melody before but an afternoon of hard work produced this plaintive little tune which fits the reflective words so well.

"Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests;
but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."
Matthew 8 v 20.

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