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Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

Words by Joseph S. Cook, 1919
Tune: TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM, from Piae Cantiones, 1582. Also used with “Good King Wenceslas.”
Key signature: G major (1 sharp)
Time signature: 4/4
Public Domain
Organ Performance at Hymns Without Words
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!