This song was popularized by the contemporary singer Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) on his 1971 album entitled "Teaser and the Firecat." The lyrics are by Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965). This song was presented in the "Songs of Praise" collection of 1931, arranged by composer Martin Shaw. The original tune dates from the Nineteenth Century, a tune known as "Bunessan" by L. McBean published in 1900 in the compilation "Songs and Hymns of the Gael." This tune is also known as "Child in the Manger, Infant of Mary," translated from Gaelic lyrics written by Mary MacDonald. The Catholic hymnal lists this tune as "This Day God Gives Me."
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I dedicate this song to my friend, Dorothy, a fine vocalist, and to her beautiful children, Timmy, Luke, Amy and Mercy.
(Played on my 1950's Scandalli)