The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

By cool Siloam's shady rill

Words: Reginald Heber, 1811; revised, 1827

Music: Belmont

Meter: CM

1. By cool Siloam's shady rill
how fair the lily grows!
How sweet the breath, beneath the hill,
of Sharon's dewy rose!

2. Lo! such the child whose early feet
the oaths of peace have trod,
whose secret heart, with influence sweet,
is upward drawn to God.

3. By cool Siloam's shady rill
the lily must decay;
the rose that blooms beneath the hill
must shortly fade away.

4. O thou, whose infant feet were found
within thy Father's shrine,
whose years with changeless virtue crowned,
were all alike divine.

5. Dependent on thy bounteous breath,
we seek thy grace alone,
in childhood, manhood, age, and death
to keep us still thine own.

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