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A Manger Filled With Love

“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:12 KJV

About the Song

Have you ever noticed how few words rhyme with “love?” Because of this unfortunate state of the English language, I had to make a hard choice–either abandon the concept I wanted to use for my 1997 “Christmas Card Carol” or write yet another song using the old above/love rhyme. As you might expect, I went with the rhyme. Church Music Submission: Relief Society division–Award of Merit 2003 (SSA)

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Recording featuring vocals by Allyse Smith Taylor:

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Recording featuring vocals by Sarah Crowther Ziroll:

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Lyrics

The shadows fell o’er Bethlehem,
And o’er the waiting world
And darkness gathered ’round yhe shepherds
biding in the fields
When in a moment song and splendor
Rent the skies above
And the night was filled with wonders
And a manger was filled with Love

Ah, that I had seen the shepherds
come to seek the Lamb
And looked with them on Jesus’ face,
And touched the infant hands
And felt with them the Father’s peace
descending from above
When their hearts were filled with wonder
at a manger filled with Love

I need not see the Holy Child
To know him for my King
I need not hear the voice of Heaven’s host
re-echoing
For I have heard the Spirit’s witness
Whispered from above
And my heart is filled with wonder
at a manger filled with Love

A voice as pure as angel-song
Has spoken from above
And my heart is filled with wonder
at a manger filled with Love

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5 Comments

  1. Jillian Hendricks

    My first time listening to your composition. My eyes filled with tears to hear this beautiful rendition. Thank you for sharing your God given talent.

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  2. Vlad

    There is also a Russian version:
    https://noty-bratstvo.org/node/348
    Your music was just that beautiful!…

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  3. Cindy

    Sally,
    Question, We have a cello but not flute is it possible to use the cello from the solo score for the SATB? Or do I need to rewrite the cello in a different key. We have two cellos but not a flute to be had.
    Cindy

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  4. KMT

    Thanks for always offering your music for free. We love your music and enjoy the spirit we feel every time we sing it in our choir!

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  5. Name (required, but pseudonyms are fine)

    Aloha Sally Deford!

    Beautiful music as always. Thank you. We are going to sing “A manger Filled with Love” at our annual Christmas concert.
    I direct a children’s choir of about 80 singers. We are grateful to you sharing your talents with the world. My choir does your music at our Christmas concerts.
    Our choir’s name is the Ko’olauloa Children’s Chorus and we are in residence at the Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus. All the singers are members of the church although we have a non member join us now and then. WE are open to all singers but it just so happens most people around our community are members of the church!

    Love and Mahalo,

    Esther Macy/Choral Director

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