The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Come, See a Child of Low Estate

For Christmas

Words: Rev. W. D. Springett, D.D.

Music: Edgar Pettman

Source: Edgar Pettman, ed., The Westminster Carol Book (London: Houghton & Co., 1899), Carol No. 48, p. 64.

1. Come, see a Child of low estate,
In manger-bed reclining,
Yet on His humble dwelling place
Bright stars in heav'n are shining,

All hail to Thee, to Christ our King, your fairest off''rings bring,
And all the world with joy shall sing,
Emmanuel, Emmanuel.

2. This little Babe is Christ the Lord,
Whom saints have long expected:
For man He comes to live and die,
Despised, betrayed, re'ected. Hail, hail, &c.

3. For man He comes to rend the veil
Which hides death's gloomy portal;
And make a home, where man with Him
In peace may dwell, immortal. Hail, hail, &c.

4. He comes to triumph o'er the grave,
And rise on Easter Morning:
And reign in heaven, at God's right hand,
Until the Last Day's dawning. Hail, hail, &c.

5. So may we all a pattern take
From Jesus, meek and lowly;
May we His faithful servants be;
Kept by His Spirit Holy! Hail, hail, &c.

Sheet Music from Edgar Pettman, ed., The Westminster Carol Book (London: Houghton & Co., 1899), Carol No. 48, p. 64.

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Sheet Music from Edgar Pettman, ed., Modern Christmas Carols (London: Weekes & Co., 1892), #n:

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Pettman notes: "No. VI.—The first half (in E minor) should be sung by Choir alone, except in the last verse; all joining in the chorus of each verse."

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