The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Jesus Is The Sweetest Name, Set

Words: George R. Woodward

Source: Rev. George R. Woodward, The Babe Of Bethlehem, Being Some Christmas Carols (48 West Hill, Highgate Village, 1923), #12

1. Jesus is the sweetest Name
Set to rime or metre:
Honey-comb beside the fame
Gall is to the eater:
Man or Angel, who can frame
Sound that soundeth sweeter?

2. This, by many a king and seer
Long’d for, but withholden,
By Archangel to a clear
Virgin was unfolden.
Jesus : Be it far and near
Writ in letter golden.

3. Jesu, Lord of Nazareth,
Hymn’d by quire supernal,
Hated, and with bated breath,
Own’d by powers infernal,
Lead us mortals, after death,
Up to joy eternal.

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