The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Benediction Hymn and Amen

For Christmas Service of Carols

Words to the Hymn: Unknown

Music to the Hymn: Unknown

Source: Edgar Pettman, ed., The Westminster Carol Book (London: Houghton & Co., 1899), p. 65.

Compare: Benediction Hymn and Amen from Pettman, Modern Christmas Carols (1892)

To be sung at the conclusion of a Carol Service, before the Blessing, the people all kneeling.

1. He has come an infant stranger,
Of a mother lowly born,
Swath'd and cradled in a manger
Of His ancient glory shorn.

2. He has come, the Great Creator,
Calling all the world to own
Him the Judge and Lord of nature,
Seated on His Father's Throne.

3. He has come, all grief expelling
From the hearts that Him receive,
He to each a holy dwelling
In His Father's house will give.

4. Lo, He comes! At His appearing
All His foes before Him fall,
Proudest kings His summons hearing
On the rocks for shelter call.

5. Man, of human flesh partaking.
Offspring of the Virgin's womb,
Who, the hopeless wanderer seeking,
Deigned in lowly guise to come.

6. Son of the Eternal Father,
Who again in power shall come.
Round Him all mankind to gather,
And pronounce th' unerring doom.

At the conclusion of this Hymn, the following Amen may be sung.

Words to the Amen: Based on the Bible and Christian Tradition

Music to the Hymn: T. Tertius Noble

Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen.

Sheet Music from Edgar Pettman, ed., The Westminster Carol Book (London: Houghton & Co., 1899), p. 65.

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