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Elizabeth Hackett taught French Immersion, French, music, and Junior grades at Palmerston Public School and Perth County. She plays organ and piano for Sunday morning services and directs/accompanies the choir. Elizabeth was the accompanist for the Stratford Boychoir for several years. She has sung with the Menno Singers for many years and is on the executive of the Waterloo-Wellington branch of the RCCO. She says, “I enjoy making music and nurturing others with good music. I love to work with choirs and see them enjoy working together. Choosing appropriate music for Sunday services is a challenge I enjoy. I feel inspired and stimulated when accompanying other musicians.”

Dear Little Stranger

by Elizabeth Hackett

SATB a cappella – KH 028 – duration 2:55

This gentle Christmas piece with a lilt (feeling of one in a bar) sings itself with a simple melody and lush harmonies. Prolific poet, Charles H. Gabriel, wrote the poem in 1900.

Low in a manger, dear little Stranger,
Jesus, the wonderful Savior, was born;
There was none to receive Him, none to believe Him,
None but the angels were watching that morn.

Dear little Stranger, slept in a manger,
No downy pillow under His head;
But with the poor He slumbered secure,
The dear little Babe in His bed.

Angels descending, over Him bending,
Chanted a tender and silent refrain;
Then a wonderful story told of His glory,
Unto the shepherds on Bethlehem’s plain.
Dear little Stranger, born in a manger,
Maker and Monarch, and Savior of all;
I will love Thee forever! Grieve Thee? No, never!
Thou didst for me make Thy bed in a stall.