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The Manger

Music By: Michael Smurthwaite
Voices: Solo
Lyrics By: Cathleen C. Perrin
Description: These tender couplets of maternal insight seem to draw us right into the manger scene. This song should be sung as a lullaby, as though holding and singing to the Newborn.

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Lyrics:

Tender mercy, infant bed,
        Tender mother placed His head.
Heaven-spun, that golden hay,
        Heaven kissed there as He lay.
E
v'ry straw infused with love,
         Ev'ry sigh hailed up above.


Mary then, unburdened, slept,
         Mary's vigil, heaven kept.
Angel's breath warmed tiny hands,
       A
ngels smoothed His swadling bands.
N
ewborn nurs'ry in a stall,
       N
ewborn infant, King of all.
G
entle beasts, attendants there,
       G
entle Joseph, stroked His hair.
Ever lowly stable berth,
        E
ver holiest crib on earth.
Regal Child sent to atone,
        R
egal manger, heaven's throne



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