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There Came A Little Child To Earth

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Words: "The Child Jesus," Emily Elizabeth Steele Elliott (1836-1897), 1856.
 See: Christmas-tide Poetry by Emily Elizabeth Steele Elliott

Music: "Children's Song," H. F. R. Walton,
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 "Holy Child," James S. Tyler,
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"Matthews," R. Norton Matthews,
Rev. R. Brown-Borthwick (See Below)

The Book of Common Praise (Oxford: The University Press, 1909), Carol #716

1. There came a little Child to earth
Long ago;
And the angels of God proclaimed His birth,
High and low.
Out in the night, so calm and still,
Their song was heard;
For they knew that the Child on Bethlehemís hill
Was Christ the Lord.

2. Far away in the goodly land
Fair and bright,
Children with crowns of glory stand,
Robed in white.
In white more pure than the spotless snow;
And their tongues unite
In the psalm which the angels sang long ago
On that still night.

3. They sing how the Lord of heaven so fair,
A Child was born;
And that they might His crown of glory share,
Wore crown of thorn.
And in mortal weakness, in want and pain,
Came forth to die,
That the children of earth might in glory reign
With Him on high.

4. He has put on His kingly apparel now
In that goodly land;
And He leads to where fountains of waters flow
That chosen band.
And for evermore, in robes so fair
And undefiled,
Those ransomed children His praise declare,
Who was once a Child.

Sheet Music by Rev. R. Brown-Borthwick from Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #44
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