Here is a great tune for a lazy summer afternoon. There are many jazz standards where the music was written first, then years later after the melody became famous, somebody wrote lyrics. The lyrics to this song are so sympathetic to the melody that is is hard to believe they were not written together. Thad Jones wrote this beautiful melody. Years later, Alec Wilder wrote the lyrics, evidently not as any organized collaboration, but they fit perfectly:
Now, out of the night, Soft as the dawn, Into the light
This Child, Innocent Child, Soft as a fawn, This Child is born
One small heart, One pair of eyes, One work of art, Here in my arms,
Here he lies, Trusting and warm, Blessed this morn, A Child is born.
This is a simple ABAB song form of 32 bars. The only complication is that conventionally, the solo choruses use a 30-bar form, leaving off the the final two bars. In this arrangement, all choruses are a full 32 bars.