The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Cradled In A Manger

For Christmas Eve, For Christmas

A Christmas Medley in Four Parts

Part 1. The Holy Child

Part 2. The Mighty God

Part 3. The Saviour of the World

Part 4. The Prince of Peace

Words: Rev. T. B. Pollock

Music: Edgar Pettman

Source: Edgar Pettman, ed., The Westminster Carol Book (London: Houghton & Co., 1899), Carol No. 36, pp. 48-49.

Note from Pettman: No. X.—Care must be taken to sing the dotted notes in strict time, otherwise the music will seem to be in | time. No pause or rest is to be made between the verses.

Part 1. The Holy Child.

1. Cradled in a manger,
In a stable bare,
Lies a little Infant,
Pure and Fair.

2. Over Him His Mother
Bends with loving eye,
While an old man watches,
Standing by.

3. Far from home, and friendless.
Who so poor as they?
From the crowded inn door
Turned away.

4. Wearied with the journey,
And the world's hard scorn,
Here the Mother welcomes
Her first-born.

5. Oxen share His shelter,
Cold the night wind blows,
Straw his bed, and rough His
Swaddling clothes.

6. Weak as other infants,
Child of want and care,
Claims He aught but pity,
Lying there?

Part 2. The Mighty God.

7. Cradled in that manger
Lies th' Eternal Son,
Who is with the Father
Ever One.

8. On that Mother's bosom
Sleeps, in slumber still,
He who ruleth all things
By His will.

9. Mary's Child, the Prophets
Called Emmanuel –
God, with us His creatures
Come to dwell.

10. And the name of Jesus
God by Gabriel gave,
For, from sin His people
He shall save.

11. Faith can see the Angels,
Watch around Him now.
And before the Infant
Humbly bow.

12. Faith can hear them singing
Sweetest songs of praise,
Faith can catch the meaning
Of their lays.

Part 3. The Saviour of the World

13. Holy Babe, we worship
At Thy manger throne,
And our Lord and Master,
Thee we own.

14. Oh! what love has led Thee
To be born for us,
All Thy pow'r and glory
Hidden thus!

15. On Thy path no sorrow
Shall unlooked for fall,
Thou, from the beginning,
Knowest all.

16. Yet Thy joys are deeper
Than Thy sorrows are,
And Thy zeal to save us
Stronger far.

17. Thou wouldst have us joyful
Even as Thou art,
Though we keep Thy sorrows
In our heart.

18. We may hail Thy coming.
Saviour, Healer, Friend,
And with Thee, look forward
To the end.

Part 4. The Prince of Peace

19. Thou art the Incarnate God,
With man made One,
Giving man once more the
Place of Son.

20. Thou art born to save us
From the pow'r of sin,
From the evil round us,
And within.

21. Thou art born to change us
By Thy grace divine,
And to make our natures
Like to Thine.

22. Thou hast left Thy glory
Far beyond the skies,
That with Thee to Heaven
We may rise.

23. One with Thee, O Saviour,
May our lives be blest,
One with Thee, oh bring us
To Thy rest.

24. While by faith we see Thee
May our hearts adore,
Till our eyes behold Thee
Evermore.

Sheet Music from Edgar Pettman, ed., The Westminster Carol Book (London: Houghton & Co., 1899), Carol No. 36, pp. 48-49.

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Also found in Edgar Pettman, ed., Modern Christmas Carols (London: Weekes & Co., 1892), #10:

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