1 Bethlehem, we come to bring
merry dances for your king!
Step by step and drum by drum,
pat-a-pat-a-pan,
pat-a-pat-a-pan,
step by step and drum by drum
stepping bravely, here we come!

2 Mary, may we come to sing
merry songs to Christ our king?
Step by step and drum by drum,
pat-a-pat-a-pan,
pat-a-pat-a-pan,
step by step and drum by drum
stepping softly, here we come!

3 Christian people, now we say
merry Christmas on this day!
Step by step and drum by drum,
pat-a-pat-a-pan,
pat-a-pat-a-pan,
step by step and drum by drum
stepping gladly, here we come!

Paul Wigmore (born 1925), after B. de La Monnoye (1641 - 1728)
© Paul Wigmore/Jubilate Hymns
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