The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Babe of Bethlehem

Version 1 - "The Babe In Bethlem's Manger Laid"

Words: Traditional

Music: Traditional

Source: Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old, Second Series (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1871), Carol #31

1. The Babe in Bethlem’s manger laid,
In humble form so low;
By wond’ring Angels is survey’d,
Thro’ all His scenes of woe.

Nowell, Nowell,
Now sing a Saviour’s Birth;’
All hail, all hail
His Coming down to earth,
Who raises us to Heav’n!

2. A Saviour! sinners all around
Sing, shout the wondrous word;
Let every bosom hail the sound,
A Saviour! Christ the Lord. Chorus

3. For not to sit on David's throne
With worldly pomp and joy,
He came for sinners to atone
And Satan to destroy. Chorus

4. To preach the Word of Life Divine,
And feed with living Bread,
To heal the sick with hand benign,
And raise to life the dead. Chorus

5. He preached, He suffered, bled and died,
Uplift 'twixt earth and skies;
In sinners' stead was crucified,
For sin a sacrifice. Chorus

6. Well may we sing a Saviour's Birth,
Who need the Grace so given,
And hail His coming clown to earth,
Who raises His to Heaven. Chorus

Sheet Music from Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1871)

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