The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

To Us A Little Child Is Born

For Christmas

Words: Ons is gheboren een kindekijn, Dutch Carol of the 15th Century

Words translated by the Rev. John O'Connor

Music: Traditional Dutch Carol

Compare: To Us A Little Child Is Born | Parvulus nobis nascitur

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #114, p. 9.

1. To us a little Child is born;
    To us a Son is given,
That shall atone for all our scorn
    And bring us all to heaven.

2. When Jesus Christ was born today
    In poor rags He lay sleeping
The one was gay the other was gray
    His little feet were peeping.

3. The ox was there, the ass was there
    They could not say their greeting,
But when He came their crib to claim
    At once they left their feeding.

4. The ox and ass made merry cheer
    When Jesus lay between them,
And since they both dumb beasts were
    Keep all their joy within them.

5. [Et] O et O et gloria!
    Was e'er love more tender?
This Baby puts our dimness on
    That we may wear His splendour.

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #114, p. 9.

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