If I Had Been in Bethlehem

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    1. If I had been in Bethlehem the night of Jesus’ birth
    And heard afar the angels’ joyful song of peace on earth,
    If I had seen the shepherds come to seek the Baby fair,
    I think I would have followed them and knelt beside them there.
    2. If I had lived in eastern lands and watched with eager eyes,
    If I had seen His star appear and blaze among the skies,
    If I had seen the wise men go to seek the newborn King,
    I think I would have followed them, my finest gifts to bring.
    3. I did not live in Bethlehem that Christmas night of old
    Or travel with the wise men there to bring Him gifts of gold,
    But I can bring a greater gift than any earthly gem,
    For all my heart and all my love will be my gift to Him.

    Copyright © 1989 by Sally DeFord. All rights reserved. This song may be copied for incidental, noncommercial church or home use. This notice must be included on each copy made.

    If I Had Been in Bethlehem Words and music by Sally DeFord

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    [illustration] Illustrated by Mitchell W. Heinze