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Barnby : 'Twas in the Winter Cold
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Barnby : Miscellaneous Hymn Tunes

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'Twas in the Winter Cold

Barnby, Sir Joseph (1838-1896)

A beautiful old English Christmas carol (Intermediate)!   

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Includes : One solo score (2 pages)

Difficulty level : Grade 5/12

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Program Notes on 'Twas in the Winter Cold by Barnby :

Words : Rev. Charles Ingham Black (ca 1821-ca 1896).

Music : Sir Joseph Barnby (1838-1896).

Source : Bramley and Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old, First Series (London : Novello, Ewer & Co., 1871). Carol no. 20.

This Christmas hymn has the following subtitle : A Christmas Morning Hymn.

This score is an Urtext reproduction of Bramley & Stainer's version of the Christmas hymn 'Twas in the Winter Cold.

It is intended for intermediate-level piano or organ (manuals only).

For your greater enjoyment, this sheet music includes the complete lyrics in English (5 verses).

Sources :

Sir Joseph Barnby, Miscellaneous Hymn Tunes.

Associated collections :

Bramley & Stainer : Christmas Carols New & Old for Piano     Christmas Sheet Music for Piano (Intermediate)    

Sheet music details :


(A Christmas Morning Hymn)
ComposerBarnby, Sir Joseph (1838-1896) Opus/catalog number
MovementsChristmas carol Composition/First publication19th century
InstrumentationPiano StyleHymns & Worship
KeyD Major Duration00:34 per verse
EditionUrtext (ed. M.A. Caux) DifficultyGrade 5/12

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'Twas in the Winter Cold

1. 'Twas in the winter cold, when earth
Was desolate and wild,
That Angels welcomed at His Birth
The everlasting Child.
From realms of ever bright'ning day,
And from His throne above
He came, with human kind to stay,
All lowliness and love.

2. Then in the manger the poor beast
Was present with his Lord;
Then swains and pilgrims from the East
Saw, wondered, and adored.
And I this morn would come with them
This blessed sight to see,
And to the Babe of Bethlehem
Bend low the reverent knee.

3. But I have not, it makes me sigh,
One offering in my power;
'Tis winter all with me, and I
Have neither fruit nor flower.
O God, O Brother let me give
My worthless self to Thee;
And that the years which I may live
May pure and spotless be :

4. Grant me Thyself, O Saviour kind,
The Spirit undefiled,
That I may be in heart and mind
As gentle as a child;
That I may tread life's arduous ways
As Thou Thyself hast trod,
And in the might of prayer and praise
Keep ever close to God.

5. Light of the everlasting morn,
Deep through my spirit shine;
There let Thy presence newly born
Make all my being Thine :
There try me as the silver, try,
And cleanse my soul with care,
Till Thou art able to descry
Thy faultless image there.

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