Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Friendly Beasts.

The Friendly Beasts

Jesus our Brother, kind and good,
Was humbly born in a stable rude,
And the friendly beasts around Him stood;
Jesus our Brother, kind and good.

"O," said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
"I carried His mother up hill and down;
I carried His mother to Bethlehem town."
"O," said the donkey, shaggy and brown.

"O," said the cow, all white and red,
"I gave Him my manger for His bed,
I gave Him my hay to pillow His head."
"O," said the cow, all white and red.

"O," said the sheep, with curly horn,
"I gave Him my wool for His blanket warm,
He wore my coat on Christmas morn."
"O," said the sheep, with curly horn.

Thus ev'ry beast by some good spell,
In the stable dark was glad to tell
Of the gift he gave Emmanuel,
The gift he gave Emmanuel.

Tennessee Ernie Ford sings an old English Christmas carol. 
Pictures from a book illustrated by Tomie DePaola

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