The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Welcome, Welcome, "Holy Child!"

For Christmas

Words: Thomas Kelly (1769-1854)

Source: Thomas Kelly, Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture. A New Edition. (London: The Religious Tract Society, 1836), HYMN XII, pp. 12-13.

"Thy holy child, Jesus."— Acts iv. 30.

1 Welcome, welcome, "Holy Child!"
'' Welcome to our world below;
Ev'rything is here defll'd,
Sin has fill'd the world with woe;
Thou hast brought a cure for sadness,
Fountain thou of "joy and gladness."

2 Holy Child! a crown is thine—
From thy word this truth we learn—
Yet of royalty no sign
Can the eye of sense discern.
All around is poor and humble,
And because of this they stumble.

3 Promis'd Infant, come at length!
Though a babe in arms we see,
Without speech, and without strength,
Thee alone we own to be
Him to whom all pow'r is given.

4 Some may smile, in pity smile,
Some may mock, and some may scorn,
Tranquil we remain the while;
Owning thee, though lowly born,
Shall we doubt, when angels could not?
Shall we shrink, when angels would not?

5 Wondrous Infant, thee we own
"Lord of all" beyond a doubt.
Ev'ry eye shall see thee soon,
Ev'ry ear shall hear "the shout;"
Shout of angels lauding thee,
What a day that day will be!

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