11627. Long, Long Ago In Manger Low

1 Long, long ago in manger low,
Was cradled from above,
A little child, in whom God smiled,
A Christmas gift of love;
When hearts were bitter and unjust,
And cruel hands were strong,
The noise He hushed with hope and trust,
And peace began her song.

2 Where’er the Father’s Christmas gifts
Seem only frost and snow,
And anxious stress and loneliness,
And poverty and woe;
Straightway provide a welcome wide,
Nor wonder why they came;
They stand outside our hearts and bide,
And knock in Jesus’ name.

3 For trouble, cold, and dreary care
Are angels in disguise,
And greeted fair, with trust and prayer,
As peace and love they rise;
They are the manger, wide and low,
In which a Christ child lies;
O welcome Guest, Thy cradle nest
Is always God’s surprise.

Text Information
First Line: Long, long ago in manger low
Title: Long, Long Ago In Manger Low
Author: Anonymous
Language: English
Source: Hymnal for Primary Classes by Edwin W. Rice (Philadelphia: American Sunday School Union, 1896)
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: CMD
Key: G Major or modal
Copyright: Public Domain

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