All Poor Men and Humble


SATB and Piano
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate
Text: Traditional Welsh


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Composer's Note

Composer's Note

I first came to know this carol through an arrangement by Douglas Bush, the late organist and faculty member at in the School of Music at Brigham Young University. He wrote an arrangement for the BYU Men's Chorus that the choir rehearsed but was not able to perform due to time constraints. Still, the tune remained in my head for a few years after, and I determined one day to arrange it for mixed chorus. For the first Christmas season of the Heritage Singers, an ensemble I co-founded and directed while living in Illinois, I decided to write this arrangement, and it was premiered in December 2008.

Text (Traditional Welsh Text)

All poor men and humble,
All lame men who stumble,
Come haste ye, nor feel ye afraid.
For Jesus our treasure,
With love past all measure,
In lowly poor manger was laid.

Though wise men who found him
Laid rich gifts around him,
Yet oxen they gave him their hay;
And Jesus in beauty
Accepted their duty;
Contented in manger he lay.

Then haste we to show him
The praises we owe him;
Our service he ne'er can despise:
Whose love still is able
To show us that stable
Where softly in manger he lies.

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