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This month's Free Tablature is
"The Snow Lay On The Ground"

traditional English carol "Venite Adoremus"

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In honor of the upcoming Christmas celebrations, this month's tab is an arrangement of an old English carol called "The Snow Lay On The Ground".   Not a lot is known about the origins of this tune.   The melody, "Venite Adoremus" (Come Let Us Adore Him) is sometimes referred to as the "Bagpipers' Carol", because it seems to be based on an old Italian "pifferari", or "piper's tune", which is traditionally played as a lively dance tune.  The English text seems to have been written sometime during the 17th century, and started appearing in various English hymnals by the mid-1800's.  It has become popular among door-to-door caroler groups, and also with church hand bell choirs.

Here is a link to a YouTube video of the carol performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

This is a 2-part arrangement, including the melody and the bass line.   The melody is unusual in that it is played in the key of G, accomplished out of D-A-d tuning, WITHOUT the use of a capo!

Time is running out,  so find a playing partner and get this one ready for your Christmas celebrations!

Wishing you all peace, joy, and music this holiday season, and throughout the coming New Year!

In music and friendship,




The snow lay on the ground, the stars shone bright,
When Christ our Lord was born on Christmas night.
Venite adoremus Dominum.
Venite adoremus Dominum.
Venite adoremus Dominum.
Venite adoremus Dominum.

'Twas Mary, daughter pure of holy Anne,
That brought into this world the God made man.
She laid him in a stall at Bethlehem;
The ass and oxen shared the roof with them.
Venite adoremus Dominum.
Venite adoremus Dominum.

Saint Joseph, too, was by to tend the child;
To guard him, and protect his mother mild;
The angels hovered round, and sang this song,
Venite adoremus Dominum.
Venite adoremus Dominum.
Venite adoremus Dominum.

And thus that manger poor became a throne;
For he whom Mary bore was God the Son.
O come, then, let us join the heavenly host;
To praise the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Venite adoremus Dominum.
Venite adoremus Dominum.


JPG Dulcimer





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