O Come, Little Children

Representative Text

1 O come, little children, O come, one and all.
O come to the cradle in Bethlehem's stall.
Come look in the manger, there sleeps on the hay,
An infant so lovely, in light bright as day.

2 The hay is his pillow, the manger his bed.
The beasts stand in wonder to gaze on his head.
Yet there, in the stable, so humble and poor,
Come shepherds and wise-men to kneel at his door.

3 O bow with the shepherds on low bended knee,
With hearts full of thanks for the gift which you see.
Come, lift up your voices the child to adore.
Sing joy to the world, love and peace evermore.

Source: Singing Our Faith: a hymnal for young Catholics #118

Author: Christoph von Schmid

Johann Christoph von Schmidt DT Germany 1768-1854. Born at Dinkelsbuhl, Bavaria, Germany, the oldest of nine children and son of a civil servant who worked for the Teutonic Order, he received private lessons in the monastery and attended Catholic Latin school for two years, then attended the Dillingen high school, afterward tutoring for a wealthy family. He enrolled in the Episcopal University in Dillingen and studied philosphy for two years, then theology for four years. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1791. He served as parish vicar in Nassenbeuren, then chaplain at Seeg. In 1796, when he was placed as the head of a large school in Thannhausen, where he taught for many years. From 1816-1826 he was parish priest at Obersta… Go to person page >

Translator: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O come, little children, O come, one and all
Title: O Come, Little Children
Author: Christoph von Schmid
Translator: Anonymous
Meter: 11.11.11.11
Source: Trans. unknown
Language: English
Publication Date: 2001
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 2001.

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Singing Our Faith #118

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