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Monday, 29 October 2012

At Bethlehem, in Borrowed Cattle Stall


This NEW CAROL published for Christmas 2012 has verses which are sung to the beautiful French love song ‘Plaisir d’amour’ by Giovanni Martini, followed by a ‘fanfare’ style chorus.   A two page score produced by Andrew Collier follows the words. Then below that is a link to a Youtube video of the carol being sung by me, the author.

At Bethlehem, in borrowed cattle stall

At Bethlehem, in borrowed cattle stall,
Jesus, the Son of God, was born for all.
Born to a maid, obedient and mild,
A babe, a gift of heaven, a tiny child

But he’s
Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty King of peace
He is Lord, He is God and
His reign shall never cease.
                       

To shepherds poor, upon a stony hill
An angel told of this babe who made heaven thrill.
And as he spoke, there came a glorious light,
An angel choir transformed the starry night

For the
Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty King of peace
He is Lord, He is God and
His reign shall never cease.


O holy child, who changed the world by your birth,
Look down in tenderness on this sad earth.
And where your love is rashly cast aside
Come enter in again and there abide.

For You’re
Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty King of peace
You are Lord, You are God and
Your reign shall never cease.








Click on the score pages to produce readable, printable pages

You can  also view this carol being sung by the author at

 There are several other carols on this site which are gathered into a separate INDEX OF CONTEMPORARY CAROLS which include

Other contemporary carols/ Christmas hymns on this site are as follows (with links)
An Angel Told Shepherds With Great, Great Joy (A children’s counting carol)
Before the Creation, the Word was with God (The Chriistmas Gospel sung to ‘To God be the Glory)
Vivid Winter’s Morn (A carol in ‘Rock’ mode)

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'