The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christ, The Father's Son Eternal

For Christmas

Words: Horatius Bonar

Music: "Stutgard"
Meter: 87 87

Source: Horatius Bonar, Hymns of Faith and Hope. New Edition. (London: James Nisbet & Company, 1867), pp. 201-204.

"The Old Story"

Come and hear the grand old story,
Story of the ages past;
All earth's annals far surpassing,
Story that shall ever last.

Noblest, truest,
Oldest, newest,
Fairest, rarest,
Saddest, gladdest,
That this earth has ever known.

1. Christ, the Father's Son eternal,
Once was born, a Son of man;
He, who never knew beginning,
Here on earth a life began.

2. Here in David's lowly city,
Tenant of the manger-bed,
Child of everlasting ages,
Mary's infant, lays His head.

3. There He lies, in mighty weakness,
David's Lord and David's Son ;
Creature and Creator meeting,
Heaven and earth conjoined in one.

4. Here at Nazareth He dwelleth,
'Mid the sin of sinful men ;
Sorrowful, forlorn, and hated,
And yet hating none again.

5. Here in Galilee He wanders,
Through its teeming cities moves,
Climbs its mountains, walks its waters,
Blesses, comforts, saves, and loves.

6. Words of truth and deeds of kindness,
Miracles of grace and might,
Scatter fragrance all around Him,
Shine with heaven's most glorious light.

Sheet Music "Stutgard" from Mary Palmer and John Farmer, eds., Church Sunday School Hymn-Book (London: Church of England Sunday-School Institute, 1892), p. 146, #148.


Only the first six verses are reproduced from this much longer hymn of 17 stanzas. The seventh stanza begins: "In Gethsemane behold Him, | In the agony of prayer." Compare: Come And Hear The Grand Old Story.

This edition of Bonar's hymnal is available at the Internet Archive, Hymns of Faith and Hope. Quite a few editions of this hymnal were printed. This edition, in particular, diverged in content from others both before and after.

It is also found at Google Books.

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