A Carol Of Christmas At Bethlehem
Words: Louis F. Benson, December 4, 1921
Music: Rev. Calvin W. Laufer, Bethlehem Road,
Meter: 87 87 87
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Source: Louis F. Benson, Hymns Original And Translated (Philadelphia: The Plimpton Press, 1925)
1. A King might miss the guiding star,
A Wise Man's foot might stumble;
For Bethlehem is very far
From all except the humble.
(Chorus of Children)
'Tis Christmas Day! 'Tis Christmas Day!
And Christmas hearts are humble.
2. Some pilgrims seek a hallowed shrine;
Some soldiers march to danger;
Some travellers seek an inn — its sign,
"The Baby in a Manger."
When Christ was born on Christmas morn,
They laid Him in a manger.
3. There is no palace in that place,
Nor any seat of learning,
No hill-top vision of God's face
No alter candles burning.
O come and see our Christmas tree
And Christmas candles burning.
4. But he who gets to Bethlehem
Shall hear the oxen lowing;
And, if he humble kneel with them,
May catch far trumpets blowing:
From far away, on Christmas Day,
May hear God's trumpets blowing.