The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Tenderly Sleeping

Words: Unknown

Music: G. S. W.
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Carol #360, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. Tenderly sleeping, so tranquil and sweet;
Jesus the loving and mild.
Bright was the day-beam that circled His head,
Guarding the Holy Child.
Quickly the wise men from far distant lands
Hasted their homage to pay,
Bearing their gifts and their treasures of gold,
Crowning His natal Day.

2. Lifting their heads from the altar of pray'r,
Rob'd in their garments of white,
Mercy and Truth and the angel of Peace,
Met at the gate of light:
Prophets and patriarchs, gone to their rest,
Welcome that beautiful morn,
Blessed Redeemer, the gift of the soul,
Gladly we bring to Thee.

3. How can we honour the Saviour divine,
Seated in glory above?
How can we thank Him for what He has done?
How can we sing His love?
Thus we will honour and hallow His Name,
This shall our offering be:
Blessed Redeemer, the gift of the soul,
Gladly we bring to Thee.

Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins

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