In my early years I remember singing Once within a Lowly Stable. I was in the children’s choir in our little church on the corner of Pine Street and Charles. Its sweet and simple melody has always carried with it the warmth of the Christmas season. Sadly, I don’t hear it sung so much anymore.
As I began the arrangement process I thought of the lyrics for the piece:
“Once within a lowly stable
Where the sheep and oxen lay
A loving mother laid her baby . . . “
And then to my mind came the realization of who actually resided within that tiny frame:
King of Kings
Lord of Lords
And so, to me, the feeling of this arrangement oscillates between the tranquil manger scene and the majesty of the Redeemer of the world. I hope my humble offering brings peace to your heart as you celebrate the season.
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