The Snow Lay on the Ground

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.

‘Twas Mary, daughter pure of holy Ann,
That brought into this world the God made man.
She laid Him in a stall at Bethlehem;
The ass and oxen shared the roof with them.
Venite adoremus Dominum,
Venite adoremus Dominum.

Saint Joseph too was by to tend the Child,
To guard Him and protect His Mother mild.
The Angels hover’d round and sang this song,
Venite adoremus Dominum.
Venite adoremus Dominum,
Venite adoremus Dominum.

And then that manger poor became a throne,
For He whom Mary bore was God the Son.
Oh, come, then, let us join the heav’nly host,
To praise the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Venite adoremus Dominum,
Venite adoremus Dominum.

Brothers of the Christian Schools, The De La Salle Hymnal (New York: La Salle Bureau, 1913).

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