The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Little Children, Can You Say
Title: Christmas Hymn

For Christmas

Words: Unknown

Music: Not stated; volume does not have sheet music.
Meter: 77 77

Source: Charles Clayton, ed., Choice gatherings for Christian Children (London: J. H. Jackson, 1846), p. 135.

Little children, can you say
Why you're glad on Christmas-day?
Little children, can you tell
Why you hear the sweet church-bell?

Can you tell me who was born
Early on the Christmas-morn?
'Tis the birthday of our king;
We our little offerings bring —

'Tis our pleasant holyday,
Therefore we are come to pray,
Sing, and praise, and hear His Word,
Keep the birthday of our Lord.

Children—think before you speak —
When you come your Lord to seek,
Have you any gold to throw
At His feet who loved you so?
Have you frankincense and myrrh ?—
Sweetest spice, you know they were.

Children, you have nought, you say,
At your Saviour's feet to lay;
Ask Him, then, your souls to take,
And to save for His name's sake.
Jesus, Saviour, take each heart,
Make it holy as Thou art.

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