Alternate Title: "A Child Came To Earth This Day"
Niels W. Gade (1817-1890)
1. Child Jesus came to earth this day,
To save us sinners dying;
And cradled in the straw and hay,
The Holy One is lying.
The stars shone down the Child to greet,
The lowing oxen kiss the feet,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Child Jesus.
2. Take courage, soul so weak and worn,
Thy sorrows have departed;
A Child in David's town is born,
To heal the broken hearted.
Then let us haste this Child to find,
And children be in heart and mind!
The Danish composer, organist and violinist, Niels Gade (1817-1890), began his musical career with the Danish Royal Orchestra. His first success as a composer came in 1840 with his overture "Echoes of Ossian." It was at the debut of his first symphonic work where he met composers Mendelssohn and Schumann who from then on greatly influenced his work.
For more information about Gade, see The Early Works of Niels W. Gade: In search of the poetic (Ashgate, 2001) by Dr. Anna Harwell Celenza, an Assistant Professor of Musicology. Dr. Celenza is also the editor of Niels W. Gade: St. Hans' Evening Play Overture (Volume 32 of Recent Researches in Music History Series, A-R Editions, 2001).