The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Who Is This So Weak and Helpless

Words: William Walsham How,
in the 1867 Supplement to Morrell and How's Psalms and Hymns.

Music: "Eifionydd," John Ambrose Lloyd, Sr. (1815-1874)
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Alternate runes: Ton-y-Botel (Ebenezer), Llansannan
Meter: 87 87 D

1. Who is this so weak and helpless, Child of lowly Hebrew maid,
Rudely in a stable sheltered, coldly in a manger laid?
'Tis the Lord of all creation, Who this wondrous path hath trod;
He is God from everlasting, and to everlasting God.

2. Who is this, a Man of sorrows, walking sadly life's hard way,
Homeless, weary, sighing, weeping, over sin and Satan's sway?
'Tis our God, our glorious Savior, Who above the starry sky
Now for us a place prepareth, where no tear can dim the eye.

3. Who is this? Behold Him shedding1 drops of blood upon the ground!
Who is this, despised, rejected, mocked, insulted, beaten, bound?
'Tis our God, Who gifts and graces on His church now poureth down;
Who shall smite in righteous2 judgment all His foes beneath His throne.

4. Who is this that hangeth dying, while the rude world scoffs and scorns,3
Numbered with the malefactors, torn with nails, and crowned with thorns?
'Tis the God Who ever liveth, 'mid the shining ones on high,
In the glorious golden city, reigning everlastingly.

1. Or: raining Return

2. Or: holy Return

3. Or: Who is this that hangeth dying, with the thieves on either side? Return

Sheet Music "Gotha" by The Late Prince Consort from Mary Palmer and John Farmer, eds., Church Sunday School Hymn-Book (London: Church of England Sunday-School Institute, 1892), #339.

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