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Plays: 16

The First Mercyfor mixed voices (SATB) & piano

Boosey & Hawkes Singers
James Davey, conductor
(p) and © 2022 by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd

Text heard on Sample:

Ox and ass at Bethlehem,
On a night, ye know of them,
We were only creatures small,
Hid by shadows on the wall.

We were swallow, moth and mouse;
The Child was born in our house,
And the bright eyes of us three
Peeped at His nativity.

Hands of peace upon that place
Hushed our beings for a space.
Quiet feet and folded wing,
Nor a sound of anything.

With a moving star we crept
Closer when the Baby slept;
Men who guarded where He lay
Moved to frighten us away.

But the Babe, awakened, laid
Love on things that were afraid;
With so sweet a gesture He
Called us to His company.

Bruce Blunt (1899–1957)

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