If I Had Been in Bethlehem
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“If I Had Been in Bethlehem,” Friend, Dec. 1989, 32–33

If I Had Been in Bethlehem

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

Music, If I Had Been in Bethlehem
Music, If I Had Been in Bethlehem

Illustrated by Mitchell W. Heinze