7363. When Christ Was Born in Bethlehem

1. When Christ was born in Bethlehem,
Fair peace on earth to bring,
In lowly state of love He came
To be the children’s king.

2. And round Him, then, a holy band
Of children blest was born,
Fair guardians of His throne to stand
Attendant night and morn.

3. And unto them this grace was giv’n
A Savior’s name to own,
And die for Him who out of Heav’n
Had found on earth a throne.

4. O blessèd babes of Bethlehem,
Who died to save our king,
Ye share the martyrs’ diadem,
And in their anthem sing!

5. Your lips, on earth that never spake,
Now sound th’eternal word;
And in the courts of love ye make
Your children’s voices heard.

6. Lord Jesus Christ, eternal child,
Make Thou our childhood Thine;
That we with Thee the meek and mild
May share the love divine.

Text Information
First Line: When Christ was born in Bethlehem
Title: When Christ Was Born in Bethlehem
Author: Laurence Housman (1906)
Meter: CM
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Al­ter­nate tune: RODMELL, tra­di­tion­al tune, in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 611
Tune Information
Name: ST. SAVIOUR (Baker)
Composer: Frederick Baker (1876)
Meter: CM
Incipit: 11716 54356 12225
Key: C Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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