The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Babe of Bethlehem

Words: English Traditional

Music: English Traditional

Meter: 86 86

Source: G. Walters, A Good Christmas Box (Dudley: G. Walters, 1847; reprinted Ashley: Michael Raven, 2007), p. 35.

The baby in Bethlehem's manger laid,
In humble form so low:
By wond'ring angels is surveyed
Through all his scenes of woe.

A Savior! sinners here around,
Sing, shout the wondrous word;
Let every bosom hail the sound,
A Savior; Christ the Lord.

For not to sit on David's throne
With worldly pomp and joy;
He came to earth for sin t'atone,
And satan to destroy.

To preach the word of life divine,
And feed with living bread,
To heal the sick with hand benign,
And raise to life the dead.

He preach'd, he suffer'd, bled, and died,
Uplift 'twixt earth and skies;
In sinners' stead was crucifi'd,
For sin a sacrifice.

Well may we sing a Savior's birth,
Who need the grace so given,
And hail his coming down to earth,
Who raises us to heaven.

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