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Posted - 09 Sep 06 - 08:38 am

See amid the winter snow,
Born for us on earth below;
See the tender lamb appears,
Promis'd from eternal years.

Hail, thou ever blessed morn;
Hail, redemption's happy dawn;
Sing through all Jerusalem,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Lo, within a manger lies,
He who built the starry skies
He who throned in height sublime,
Sits amid the cherubim.

Say, ye holy shepherds, say
What your joydul news today;
Wherefore have ye left your sheep
On the lonely mountains steep?

As we watch'd at dead of night,
Lo, we saw a wondrous light;
Angels singing 'peace on earth'
Told us of the Saviour's birth.

Sacred infant, all divine,
What a tender love was thine,
THus to come from highest bliss
Down to such a world as this.

Teach, O teach us, Holy Child,
By thy face so meek and mild,
Teach us to resemble thee,
In they sweet humility.

Source: Singing Together, Autumn 1970, BBC Publications


The booklet gives little information about the origin of this carol. The Shorter New Oxford Book of Carols is more helpful, and gives these notes:

Edward Caswell (1814-78)

Edward Castell was one of the many Anglican priests who joined the Roman Church under the influence of Henry Newman. "See, amid the Winter's snow" was first published in a volume of Easy Hymn Tunes in 1851, not long after Caswell's conversion, and the setting by the composer and organist Sir John Goss appeared in Bramley and Stainer's Christmas Carols New and Old (second series, c1875).

masato sakurai

Posted - 09 Sep 06 - 09:26 am

Presumably, Bramley and Stainer's Christmas Carols New and Old was published in 1871, where the carol is titled "Hymn for Christmas Day" (click here). The tune given has been named HUMILITY. Edward Caswall's "See Amid The Winter's Snow" has been set to several tunes; see The Hymns and Carols of Christmas site.

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