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Posted By: *#1 PEASANT*
20-Dec-00 - 08:25 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: St. Stephen's Day Songbook - wren songs
Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: SAINT STEPHEN
Saint Stephen
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Saint Stephen was a holy man,
Endued with heav'nly might,
And many wonders he did work
Before the people's sight;
And by the blessed Spirit of God
Which did his heart inflame.

1 .He spared not in ev'ry place
To preach God's Holy name;

2 .His comely face began to shine
Most like an angel bright;

O man, do never faint nor fear,
When God the truth  shall try.
But mark now how Stephen for Christ's sake
Was willing for to die.

Before the elders was he brought
His answer for to make;
But they could not the spirit with stand,
Where by this man did speak.
Whilst this was told, tthe multitude,
Beholding him a right

Then Stephen did put forth his voice,
And he did first unfold
The wondrous works which God hath wrought,
Even for their fathers old;
That they thereby might plainly know
Christ Jesus should be he.
That from the burden of the law
Should quit us frank and free;

But O' quoth he, hyou wickedmen!
Which of the prophets all
Did not your fathers persecute
And keep in woeful Thrall?
But when they heard him so to say
Upon him they all ran,
And then without the city gates
They stoned this holy man:

There he most meekly on his knees
To god did pray at large.
Desiring that he would not lay
This sin unto their charge;
Then yielding up his soul to God,
He lost his life, whose body then Just when you think you have most of them....

To grave was seemly brought.

T:St. Stephen
S:Oxford Book of Carols #26, source Sandys/Gilbert
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