The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come Hither, Dear Children, O Come One And All

Ihr Kinderleircen, kommet, O kommet doch all
Ihr Kinderlein kommet

For Christmas

Words and Music: Modern German

Source: G. R. Woodward, ed., The Hymns and Carols for Christmas-tide (London: H. Grice, 1897), Carol #20, p. 29.

Come hither, dear children, O come, one and all;
Now go we to Bethlehem's cradle and stall,
And learn what the Father hath wrought at this tide,
To gladden the hearts of his folk, far and wide.

Now peep in the manger: 'tis night in the stall;
Yet candle revealeth what there doth befall:
Though swaddled in bands, it is God's Son and Heir;
No Angel so bright with this Babe can compare.

With straw for the bedding, the pillow but hay,
Child, Mary, and Joseph, contented are they:
Look, certain poor herdsmen fall down on the knee;
Hear Angels on high making sweet melody.

See, like the good shepherds, before him ye fall;
O clap ye your hands, praise the Lord God of all:
Make merry, dear children, 'twere wrong to feel sad:
With Cherubim, Seraphim, sing and be glad.

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