The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

There Was Of Old In Jewish Land

For The Presentation In The Temple

Words: Anonymous

Music: Anonymous

Source: 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), #22, p. 43.

1. There was of old in Jewish land,
    A glorious temple piled;
And there a Virgin-Mother came,
    And brought her first-born Child.

2. While many a richer mother there
    Perchance went proudly by:
And brought the dove to bear her sin,
    The Lamb to purify.

3. Dear Lamb, make all our offerings
    Acceptable by Thine:
We, too, in our baptismal hour
    Were offered at Thy shrine.

4. Give us a pure and holy heart;
    Make us to love Thee more;
That we may all be Thine on earth,
    And Thine when life is o'er.

Sheet Music 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), #22, p. 43.

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