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I Wonder as I Wander (Appalachia)

Words and Music collected by John Jacob Niles Revised words by Tina Datsko de Sanchez

1. I wonder as I wander out under the sky,

How Jesus our Rabbi did teach that we try 

To love one another, no you and no I…

I wonder as I wander out under the sky.

2. When Mary birthed Jesus there in a cow’s stall,

With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all.

Did high from God’s heaven a star’s light then fall?

And the promise of ages did it then recall?

3. Would Jesus our teacher need any grand thing,

A star in the sky, or a bird on the wing,

Or all of God’s angels in heaven to sing, 

Three wise men on camels, or to be called King?

Lyrics may be used with attribution. Tina Datsko de Sánchez serves as Poet in Residence at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach. She is the author of the bilingual poetry book The Delirium of Simón Bolívar.

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