Saturday, December 9, 2023

Christmas Hymn: "See Amid the Winter Snow"

I am always on the hunt for a Christmas hymn, carol, or song that I’ve never heard before. I especially gravitate towards songs that flesh out the narrative of the Nativity.

Today’s Christmas hymns is entitled “See Amid the Winter Snow.” The words were written by Edward Caswall in 1858.

The tune has remained much the same, today. You can read the lyrics below and then listen to a modern recording by Fernando Ortega:

See Amid the Winter Snow

1. See, amid the winter’s snow,
born for us on earth below,
see the tender Lamb appears,
promised from eternal years.

Hail! Thou ever-blessed morn!
Hail, redemption’s happy dawn!
Sing through all Jerusalem,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem.”

2. Lo, within a manger lies
He who built the starry skies;
He, who throned in height sublime,
sits amid the cherubim!


3. Say, ye holy shepherds, say,
what your joyful news today;
wherefore have ye left your sheep
on the lonely mountain steep?


4. Sacred Infant, all divine,
what a tender love was Thine;
thus to come from highest bliss
down to such a world as this!


5. “As we watched at dead of night,
lo, we saw a wondrous light;
angels singing ‘Peace on earth’
told us of the Savior’s birth.”


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