The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Fearfully, Timidly, Now Do We Raise

Words: Altered

Music: Henry John Gauntlett, Mus. Doc.
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, Complete Edition, 1894), Carol #152

1. Fearfully, timidly, now do we raise,
Our voices to bless Thee, to Thank Thee and praise.
This our poor carol, uncertain with fear,
'Mid chants of Thine Angels, listen and hear.

2. We plead for the fallen, Thy mercy we seek,
For those who have left Thee, fainthearted and weak,
O give us more patience, more hope, and more faith,
To hold fast Thy promise through sorrow and death.

3. By Thy blessed descending, Thy glorious birth,
Thy sorrows and suffering, Thy life upon earth,
By Thy parting words spoken, Thy last awful sigh,
By Thy bright resurrection, Thy dwelling on high;

4. We pray Thee to hear us, to pardon and save,
And for our soul's cleansing to trouble the wave.
Thy Church is in sorrow, in danger and fear --
O stretch for Thy hand, for the breakers are near.

5. Once more send the message the shepherds heard then --
Be peace on the earth, and good will unto men.
May a new star shine o'er us, a new life begin,
A new era dawning from sorrow and sin.

6. Poor, sinful, and weak, with no power of our own,
We trust in Thy mercy, in Thee, Thee alone,
We ever confide in Thy wonderful love,
That brought Thee to suffer, from glory above.

7. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we glorify Thee,
We praise the Eternal, the glorious Three;
While Angels announce the Immaculate Birth;
O hear our weak praises, the voices of earth.

Chope's Note: See Treble Part, Edition E or F, for division of words.

Sheet Music from Chope

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