Words: Rev. C. J. Black
Source: Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, Complete Edition, 1894), Carol #66
1. Once in the winter
cold, when earth
Was desolate and wild,
The Angels welcomed at His Birth,
The everlasting Child.
From realms of ever-brightening day,
And from His throne above,
He came with human kind to stay,
All lowliness and love.
2. Then in the manger poor, the beast
Was present with his Lord;
Then Swains and Pilgrims from the East
Saw, wondered, and adored.
And I this morn would come with them
This blessed sight to see;
And to the Babe of Bethlehem
Bend low the reverent knee.
3. But I have not -- it makes me sigh --
One offering in my power;
'Tis winder all with me, and I
Have neither fruit nor flower.
O God, O Brother, let me give
My worthless self to Thee!
And grant the years which I may live
May pure and spotless be.
4. Grant me Thyself, O Saviour kind,
Thy Spirit undefiled,
That I may be in heart and mind
As gentle as a child;
That I may tread life's arduous ways
As Thou Thyself hast trod,
And in the might of prayer and praise,
Keep ever close to God.
5. Light of the everlasting Morn,
Deep through my spirit shine;
There let Thy Presence newly-born,
Make all my being Thine:
There try me as the silver, try
And cleanse my soul with care,
Till Thou art able to descry
Thy faultless Image there.
Sheet Music from Chope
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