Number: 57
Title: The Snow Lay on the Ground
Author: Anglo-Irish carol; alt.English melody Adapt. C. Winfred Douglas (1867-1944) Harm. Leo Sowerby, 1941
Theme: Christmas

1.  The snow lay on the ground, the stars shone bright,
    When Christ our Lord was born on Christmas night.
    Venite adoremus Dominum.
    Venite adoremus Dominum.

    Venite adoremus Dominum.
    Venite adoremus Dominum.

2.  "Twas gentle Mary maid, so young and strong,
    Who welcomed here the Christ-child with a song.
    She laid Him in a stall at Bethlehem;
    The ass and oxen shared the roof with them.

3.  Saint Joseph too was by to tend the Child,
    To guard Him, and protect His mother mild.
    The angels hovered round and sang this song:
    Venite adoremus Dominum.

4.  And thus that manger poor became a throne;
    For He whom Mary bore was God the Son.
    O come, then, let us join the heavenly host;
    To praise the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.