“Christ Was Born in Bethlehem”


"Christ was born in Bethlehem (x3) and in a manger lay." In stanzas of eight lines (but only two distinct), the song lights on Jesus' birth, his ministry, his betrayal, death, the empty tomb, and Jesus's resurrection

Cross references


  1. BrownIII 537, "Jesus Born in Bethlehem" (1 text)
  2. SharpAp 210, "Christ was Born in Bethlehem" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Ritchie-Southern, p. 33, "Down Came an Angel" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 189-190, "Christ Was Born in Bethlehem" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Chase, pp. 166-168, "Jesus Walked in Galilee" (1 text plus a fragment, 2 tunes)
  6. Roud #1122
  7. BI, MA189


Alternate titles: “Christ Was Born in Bethlea”; “Jesus Borned in Bethlea”; “Jesus Born in Galilee”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1918 (Cecil Sharp collection)
Keywords: Jesus Bible Christmas
Found in: Australia US(Ap,SE)