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When the Son of God Was Born

About the Song

Someone once said that Christmas is the favorite holiday of children because there are elements of it that appeal to all the senses… brilliant colors; big, thick, soft sugar cookies; crinkley wrapping paper; big, thick, soft sugar cookies; the smell of evergreen and cinnamon; big, thick, soft sugar cookies…

I admit to a rather juvenile (and unhealthy) liking for big, thick, soft sugar cookies, along with all the other sights and smells and tastes… and especially sounds of the Christmas season. I love the jingle of bells; the sound of my husband’s voice reading from Dickens; the knock on the door immediately followed by the voices of carolers. The first time our organist plays “The First Noel” or “Joy to the World” for prelude it can bring me to tears.

The hymns and carols of Christmas are among the most beautiful music on earth, so I feel almost presumptuous adding to them. But Christmas sets the world a-singing, and I’m no exception. This simple song, my 2006 Christmas Card Carol, is my humble contribution to the sounds of the season.
Note: This carol is offered in several keys and voicings, but not specifically as a high-voice solo. If you’re looking for a higher version for solo voice, just use the SSAA accompaniment.

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Recording featuring vocals by Allyse Smith Taylor and James Loynes:

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Lyrics

In the darkness o’er Judea
In the silence of the night
As Bethlehem lay dreaming
‘neath the still and starry skies
Holy angels came rejoicing
Bright with glory like the dawn
And set the heavens singing
When the Son of God was born

In the darkness o’er Judea
Newly kindled o’er the earth
A wondrous star was gleaming
To proclaim Messiah’s birth
And as wise men came a-seeking
Heaven’s light went on before
And set their hearts a-singing
When the Son of God was born

In the shadows of a stable
In a manger, sweet with hay
The Holy Child lay sleeping
E’er the coming of the day
And the light of love descending
‘Round the cradle of the Lord
Set the world a-singing
When the Son of God was born

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13 Comments

  1. Gaylene Bickmore

    Hi Sally,
    I love using your music. I want to use When the Son of God Was Born SAB for our Christmas program, but I also want to use the violin part. Since it’s only written for the AB arrangement (in another key) I was wondering if I could have your permission to transpose it and use it with my choir. Or–maybe it’s somewhere on the website and I just can’t find it!
    Thank you, your work makes my life so much better.

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    • sallydeford

      Hmmm… the violin part was written for a different setting, so the measures won’t line up, and the part may well clash with the vocals and/or piano in the SAB… but you’re welcome to try! 🙂

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  2. Daniel

    Realmente es de bendición y mucha utilidad lo que hacen. Me encantaría aún más si se hicieran más grabaciones SABT papa conjuntos mixtos. Yo tengo uno.

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  3. Keni

    please make some more..solo for male…i really love your music. it touches my heart that sometimes make me cry and reflect..

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  4. Cindy Schmidt

    Do you know what Key the recordings are done in?

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  5. Lindy

    I am looking for sheet music for When The Son Of God Was Born with guitar chords. Do you know where I could buy that? I need the Mezzo/Tenor key. Thank You! And thank you for all of your beautiful music! I sang Would I Know My Savior with a string quartet last year and Loved it!

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  6. Debbie Olmstead

    My ward choir is performing this in Sacrament meeting before Christmas. Everyone in the choir loves this. Some of the altos expressed how they love the lullaby feeling of the music. Can’t wait to share it with the congregation! Thank you again for all that you have done in giving us such beautiful music. This is a wonderful contribution to the carols of Christmas.

    Sincerely, Sister Olmstead

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  7. Kevin Washington

    My daughters and grand daughters have performed this song for the past several Christmas Programs. One of my daughters and I will perform it as part of my sacrament talk in December. It is absolutely a beautiful piece of music! Thanks for sharing your gifts.

    Stupendously yours,
    Kevin

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  8. Shawnee Hansen

    Thank you Sally!! Once again, your generosity of your beautiful gift will touch hearts and lift spirits in our ward this coming Christmas. You are my hero!!

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  9. Kevin Washington

    My daughters and grand daughter will be singing this song as part of my talk in sacrament meeting this Sunday.

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  10. Fontella Young

    I’ve chosen this song and 2 others to perform at the Portland’s visitors center December 7th, I wish you were here.
    Love you lots.
    Fontella

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    • Sally DeFord

      Awww…. I wish I were too! Love you back! xo

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      • Betty

        Thank you Love your music

        Reply

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