A few years ago, I heard this song on the radio and fell in love with it. I never heard who sang it, and hadn't heard it this year, so I desperately googled the first line of the song and up popped the title and artist. It's totally worth the 99 cents. :) Merry Christmas, everyone!
A poor orphan girl named Maria
Was walking to market one day
She stopped for to rest by the road side
Where a bird with a broken wing lay.
A few moments passed till she saw it
For its feathers were covered with sand
And soon clean and wrapped it was traveling
In the warmth of Maria's small hand.
She happily gave her last peso
For a cage made of rushes and twine.
She fed it loose corn from the market
And watched it grow stronger with time.
Now the gift giving service was coming
And the church shone with tinsel and light
And all of the town folk brought presents
To lay by the manger that night.
There were diamonds, incense and perfumes
And packages fit for a king
But for one ragged bird in a small cage
Maria had nothing to bring.
She waited till just before midnight
So no one would see her go in
And crying she knelt be the manger
For her gift was unworthy of Him.
Then a voice spoke to her through the darkness
"Maria, what brings you to me?
If the bird in the cage is your offering
Open the door, let me see."
So trembling she did as he asked her
And out of the cage the bird flew
Soaring up into the rafters
On a wing that had healed good as new
And just as the midnight bells rang out
And the little bird started to sing
A song that no words could recapture
For its beauty was fit for a king.
Now Maria felt blessed just to listen
To the cascade a note sweet and long
As her offering was lifted to heaven
By the very first Nightingale's song..
- "The Gift" as sung by Aselin Debison