Words: English Folk, 18th or early 19th century
Music: English Folk, 18th century
Source: Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old, Second Series (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1871), Carol #35
1. As Jacob with travel was weary one day,
At night on a stone for a pillow he lay,
He saw in a vision a ladder so high,
That its foot was on earth, and its top in the sky.
Hallelujah to Jesus, who died on the Tree
And hath rais’d up a ladder of mercy for me,
And hath rais’d up a ladder of mercy for me.
2. This ladder is long, it is strong and well-made,
Has stood hundreds of years and is not yet decayed;
Many millions have climbed it and reached Sion's hill,
And thousands by faith are climbing it still· Chorus
3. Come let us ascend: alt may climb it who will;
For the Angels of Jacob are guarding it still:
And remember each step, that by faith we pass o'er,
Some Prophet or Martyr hath trod it before, Chorus
4. And when we arrive at the haven of rest
We shall hear the glad words, "Come up hither., ye blest,
Here are regions of light, here are mansions of bliss:"
O, who would not climb such a ladder as this? Chorus
Sheet Music from Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1871)
If you would like to help support Hymns and Carols of Christmas, please click on the button below and make a donation.