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Barnby : When I View the Mother Holding
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Barnby : Miscellaneous Hymn Tunes

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When I View the Mother Holding

Barnby, Sir Joseph (1838-1896)

A lovely 19th century Christmas carol (Easy)!   

Pdf sheet music download for Voice (1/6 : Highest) and piano  

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Includes : One score (10 pages)

Difficulty level : Grade 3/12

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Program Notes on When I View the Mother Holding by Barnby :

Words : Latin, unknown author

English translation : Rev. Henry Ramsden Bramley

Music : Joseph Barnby (1838-1896)

Source : Bramley and Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old, First Series (London : Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1871). Carol no. 11.

This score is an Urtext reproduction of Bramley & Stainer's version of the 19th century English Christmas carol When I View the Mother Holding.

It is intended for easy soprano voice with piano accompaniment.

For your greater enjoyment, both the score and the soprano voice part include the complete lyrics in English (6 verses).

Sources :

Sir Joseph Barnby, Miscellaneous Hymn Tunes.

Associated collections :

Christmas Songs for Voice (1/6 : Very High)    

Sheet music details :


(Christmas Carol - Christmas Hymn)
ComposerBarnby, Sir Joseph (1838-1896) Opus/catalog number
MovementsChristmas carol Composition/First publication19th century
InstrumentationVoice (1/6 : Highest) and piano StyleHymns & Worship
KeyD Major Duration03:26
EditionUrtext (ed. M.A. Caux) DifficultyGrade 3/12

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When I View the Mother Holding

1. When I view the Mother holding
In her arms the heav'nly Boy,
Thousand blissful thoughts unfolding,
Melt my heart with sweetest joy, with sweetest joy.

2. With her babe the hours beguiling,
Mary's soul in transport lives
God her Son upon her smiling,
Thousand, thousand kisses fondly gives, fondly gives.

3. As the sun his radiance flinging,
Shines upon the bright expanse,
So the Child to Mary clinging,
Doth her gentle heart, her gentle heart, entrance.

4. See the Virgin Mother beaming!
Jesus by her arms embraced,
Dew on softest roses gleaming
Violet with lily chaste, with lily chaste!

5. Each round other fondly twining,
Pours the shafts of mutual love,
Thick as flow'rs in meadows shining,
Countless as the stars above, as the stars above.

6. O may one such arrow flowing,
Sweetest Child, which Thou dost dart,
Through Thy Mother's bosom going,
Blessed Jesu, pierce my heart, pierce my heart, Blessed Jesu.

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