Birthday Babe

Tune: Irby

('Once in royal David's city')

Matthew 1 v.18-25


Birth of Jesus Christ on this wise

Was, if a seeming surprise

When His mother Mary espoused

To Joseph, to him avowed

A virgin she, child would bear

The Spirit His Father there


Joseph, good man, he was willing

No shame upon her to bring

But to unbetroth secretly

Public scandal for to flee

But then angel of the Lord

Spoke to him, gave him this word


In a dream said, Joseph, fear not

To take Mary, fine your lot

You of David  a descendant

I from the Lord to you sent

Take [her] as your wife, undeceived

By the Spirit she conceived


She shall bring forth a son, and name

Him JESUS Christ, He the same

Name of Saviour, for save He shall

His people from their sins, tell

The prophets these things would be

Fulfilled shall be prophecy


Prophecy, A virgin shall be

With child miraculously

And shall bring forth a son, and all

Shall call Him Emmanuel

This means 'God with us', His birth

Humble, lowly upon earth


So Joseph from his sleep did wake

And Mary betrothed did take

As the angel to him had bid

Then her virgin birth unhid

Her first-born son, named JESUS

Saviour born for all of us



  • orchidee

    Thanks for favourite Camille.

  • Andrew Charles Forrest

    Just struck me if it is not true then it is the greatest deception of ALL time

    BRAVO Orchi Happy Christmas to you and yours

    • orchidee

      Thanks Andrew. Yes, see what you mean.

    • Goldfinch60

      Good one Orchi.

      • orchidee

        Thanks Gold.

      • ANGELA & BRIAN

        Thanks for sharing Uncle Steve & WORDS for KARYOKE ! This is a great CAROL & was written by the Wife of the Bishop of Ireland to explain the CATECHISM ! *There is GREEN HILL far away* is another example ! Great POETIC paraphrase on Matthew 1 vs 18 ~ 25 ! Can I use that in one of our Advent MEDITATIONS ~ with acknowledgements of course !

        Blessing & Joy to YOU & FIDOMINIMUS !
        Love in the SPIRIT ~ Brian & Angela

        • orchidee

          Thanks B&A.Yes, certainly - shall I say, provided you sing it as well?! heehee.
          Ooh Fido's gone all exotic. Is he Latin now? lol.

        • FineB

          Hi Orchidee,

          A wonderful write capturing the birth of Christ our Lord.

          Merry Xmas and keep on writing FineB

          • orchidee

            Thanks Fine.

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