The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Son Of God, So High, So Great

For Christmas

Words and Music: "From 'The Asaph.'"

Source: John Clark Hollister, ed., The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865), #11, p. 28.

1. The Son of God, so high, so great,
    A little child like us would be;
He took our form in low estate,
    And prest an earthly mother's knee.

2. And while the horned beasts among
    In manger rude, alone He lay,
Out in the fields the angels sung,
    "A Saviour, Christ, is born today."

3. We did not hear the angels chime,
    Their birth-day hymn to shepherd's ear;
But we can think at Christmas time,
    How Jesus came to help us here.

4. For us, the King of kings came down,
    For us He laid His glory by,
That we might wear an angel's crown,
    And live the life that can not die.

5. O teach Thy children, Holy Child.
    That evermore they serve Thee thus,
And lead us by Thy mercy mild,
    Up to the Heaven Thou left'st for us.

Sheet Music from John Clark Hollister, ed., The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865), #11, p. 28.

Sheet music by "A. F. (Narrative Hymns)" from A. B. Goodrich, ed., A New Service And Tune Book For Sunday Schools (New York: Gen. Prot. Episc. S. S. Union and Church Book Society, 1863, New Edition, Enlarged, 1866), #5, p. 27.

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