The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

As Jacob With Travel

Words: Anonymous

Music: Traditional
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Carol 541, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. As Jacob with travel was weary one day,
At night on a stone for a pillow he lay,
He was in a vision a ladder so high,
That its foot was on Earth, and its top in the sky.

Chorus
Hallelujah to Jesus, who died on the tree,
And hath rais’d up a ladder of mercy for me,
And hath rais’d up a ladder of mercy for me.

2. This ladder is long, it is strong and well-made,
Has stood hundreds of years and is not yet decayed;
Many millions have climbed it and reached Zion’s hill,
And thousands by faith are climbing it still. Chorus

3. Come let us ascent; all may climb it who will,
For the Angels of Jacob are guarding it still:
And remember each step, that by faith we pass o’er,
Some Prophet or Martyr hath trod it before. Chorus

4. And when we arrive at the haven of rest
We shall hear the great words " Come up hither, ye blest,
Here are regions of light, here are mansions of bliss:
"O who would not climb such a ladder as this? Chorus

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