The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Little Children, Wake And Listen

Words: Anonymous
From Williamson's Children's Manual, 1876

Music: Not Stated
Meter: 87 87 87 87

Source: The Hymnary For Use In Baptist Churches. Toronto: The Ryerson Press, 1936, #599, p. 207.

1. Little children, wake and listen!
    Songs are breaking o'er the earth;
While the stars in heaven glisten,
    Hear the news of Jesus' birth.
Long ago, to longly meadows,
    Angels brought the message down;
Still, each year, through midnight shadows,
    It is heard in every town.

2. What is this that they are telling,
    Singing in the quiet street?
While their voices high are swelling,
    What sweet words do they repeat?
Words to bring us greater gladness,
    Though our hearts from care are free;
Words to chase away our sadness,
    Cheerless though our hearts may be.

3. Christ has left His throne of glory,
    And a lowly cradle found;
Well might angels tell the story,
    Well may be their words resound.
Little children, wake and listen!
    Songs are ringing through the earth;
While the stars in heaven glisten,
    Hail with joy your Saviour's birth.

Sheet Music "St. Oswald" by Rev. J. B. Dykes from Mary Palmer and John Farmer, eds., Church Sunday School Hymn-Book (London: Church of England Sunday-School Institute, 1892), #37.
Meter: 87 87

St. Oswald by Dykes

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