Born in the Night, Mary's Child

This Christmas hymn was written in the late 1950's by English Methodist minister and founding member of the Notting Hill Ecumenical Group Ministry project, Geoffrey Ainger (1925-2012).    It was originally one of two songs written to accompany a modern-day nativity play written for a church youth-group  in Essex (ref).

The song was first published by Stainer & Bell Ltd, in "Songs from Notting Hill" in 1964.  Hymn-books which it has been published in since then include:

With meter it is almost always set to a tune called MARY'S CHILD which was written for the text.    This has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of G, the first few notes are B_ AG B_ BA_G_.

text superiposed on a picture of Bethlehem city, with the stable in a corner


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Choir with piano - recorded live:

Singer self-accompanied on guitar:

Solo singer with piano, on-screen lyrics, professional recording:

Instrumental - piano with violin, and on-screen lyrics:


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1 Born in the night, Mary's child ...

2 Clear shining light, Mary's child ...

3 Truth of our life, Mary's child ...

4 Hope of the world, Mary's child ...

See also

1 Born in the night, Mary's child, a long way from your home; coming in need, Mary's child, born in a borrowed room. 2 Clear shining light, Mary's child, your face lights up our way; light of the world, Mary's child, dawn on our darkened day. 3 Truth of our life, Mary's child, you tell us God is good; prove it is true, Mary's child, go to your cross of wood. 4 Hope of the world, Mary's child, you're coming soon to reign; Savior of all, Mary's child, walk in our streets again.

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