‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ [FOREST GREEN] (downloadable PDF)


This is the English version of the carol, set to the tune FOREST GREEN, with harmonies included. Please see further below for more information and an audio sample.


There are two different tunes set to the lyrics of ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’. The tune used in this arrangement is often known as ‘FOREST GREEN’ (orig. ‘The Ploughboy’s Dream’), and is more widespread in the UK. (The tune more often heard in the U.S., ‘ST. LOUIS’, is not easily compressed into the range of a Scottish chanter.) This version was sourced from The New Oxford Book of Carols and is set in the pipe-friendly key of D-Major. A harmony part, first verse lyrics, and chord symbols are included.

This is one of over 100 carols printed in the collection, On This Day Earth Shall Ring.

An audio sample, featuring Scottish smallpipes (D-chanter). The harmony part can be heard on the repeat, approximately halfway through the track: