Christ Is Born, Go Tell The Story
Words: Thomas Kelly (1769-1854)
Source: Thomas Kelly, Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture. A New Edition. (London: The Religious Tract Society, 1836), Hymn I, pp. 1-2.
"Ye shall find the babe – in a manger.” – Luke ii. 12.
1. Christ is born, go
tell the story,
Tell the nations of his birth:
Tell them that the "Lord of glory"
Comes from heav'n to dwell on earth:
Let the tidings
Fill the world with sacred mirth.
2. See he lies in
"Prince of Life" his title is:
Midst his own, and yet a stranger,
All things seen and unseen his;
Wonder, O ye heav'ns, at this.
3. See fulfill'd,
“ Unto us a child is born; ”
Tho' an object of derision,
Tho' the theme of human scorn:
Yet his people
Hail his birth, and cease to mourn.
4. Hail Emmanuel,
child of promise,
"Lord of all," in humble guise;
Long detain'd, and absent from us,
Come at length to bless our eyes:
God the Saviour, only wise!
Also found in Thomas Kelly, Hymns Not Before Published (Dublin: Thomas Johnson, 1815), Hymn 1, p. 1.