The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Come, Little Children

For Christmas

Version 4

Words: Ihr Kinderlein kommet, Christoph von Schmid (1768-1854), 1840
Translation: H. Bruecker

Music: Ihr Kinderlein, Kommet, Johann Abraham Peter Schulz (1840)
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Meter: 11 11 11 11

Source: O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #99, p. 134.

1. Oh, come, little children, oh, come, one and all,
To visit the manger in Bethlehem’s stall
And see what the Father in heaven so true
Has done to prepare a bright Christmas for you.

2. O see, in the manger, this strange little bed,
A Child, sweet and gentle, is resting its head,
A Babe, clad in garments so pure and so white,
And fairer by far than the angels of light.

3. On hay and on straw in the manger it lies;
Both, Mary and Joseph, with fond loving eyes
Are gazing upon it, and shepherds draw near,
And jubilant angels from heaven appear.

4. O kneel with the shepherds in worship and prayer,
And join the dear angels who also are there;
Sing glory to God in the heavens above,
And praise Him for Jesus, the gift of His love.

5. O dearest, O sweetest, O heavenly Child,
So pure and so holy, so good and so mild;
For us poor and weak in the manger hast lain,
And also for us like a lamb Thou wast slain.

6. Take Thou, then, our hearts which we offer to Thee,
And keep them from sin and from wickedness free;
Yes, let them be holy and blessed like Thine,
Thou Son of the Highest, Thou Infant divine.

Sheet Music from O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #99


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