In freezing winter night (Mick Swithinbank)

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  • (Posted 2008-06-12)  CPDL #17216:   
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2008-06-12).   Score information: 20.1 x 27.6 cm, 3 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: In freezing winter night
Composer: Mick Swithinbank

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Christmas carol with medieval words (modernised, as in Benjamin Britten's setting).

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Original text and translations

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Behold a silly tender babe in freezing winter night
In homely manger trembling lies, alas, a piteous sight!
The inns are full; no man will yield this little pilgrim bed,
But forced he is with silly beasts in crib to shroud his head.
This stable is a prince’s court, this crib his chair of state,
The beasts are parcel of his pomp, the wooden dish his plate.
The persons in that poor attire his royal liv’ries wear;
The Prince himself is come from heav’n: this pomp is prized there.
With joy approach, O Christian wight, do homage to thy king,
And highly praise his humble pomp, which He from Heav’n doth bring.