When Christ was born of Mary free In Bethlehem that fair city, Angels sang e'er with mirth and glee: In excelsis Gloria. Herdmen behold these angels bright To them appeared with great light And said: "God's son is born this night." In excelsis Gloria. The King is come to save mankind As in the scripture we will find; And this song we have in mind, In excelsis Gloria. Then, dear Lord, for thy great grace Grant us in bliss to see Thy face, Where we may sing to thy Sslace: In excelsis Gloria.
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Arthur Henry Brown (1830 - 1926), "When Christ was born of Mary free", 1871. [four-part chorus a cappella] [text verified 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2009-10-28
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Word count: 93