The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Legends Of The Infancy

Alternate Title: Come Forth, Ye Wond'ring Children All

Words: E. L. Hervey

Music: J. F. Bridge, Mus. Doc.
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer

Source: Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1878), Carol# 68.

1. Come forth, ye wond'ring children all,
Come forth from wood and wild,
And let us sing the days of Christ
When He was but a child.
When He was but a little Child,
As tender as might be,
That blessed night pale Mary came
From distant Galilee.

2. That night when 'mid the cattle herd,
Pure as the snow that falls,
The Voice that breathed our Father's love
Was hushed among the stalls,
It was the dreary winter-tide,
And dark the hour He came;
But such a brightness round Him burned,
The East was all aflame.

3. He made a wonder where He lay:
Quickened with love and fear,
The barren straw did swell with grin,
Ripe in the fruitful ear.
All round the shed the frozen bees
Went singing, singing sweet;
The lowly herd, bowed down with fear,
Fell kneeling at His feet.

4. And Mary on her sleeping Son
In solemn gladness smiled:
Remember! 'twas the sacred time
When Christ was but a Child.
And yet upon His heaving breast,
By troubled visions tossed,
Still folded in a mystic sigh
His tender arms He crossed.

5. Though Mary Mother loosed the clasp,
Her care it was but loss;
For still the silent Sleeper's arms
Would form that mystic cross.
The daylight dawned, and Jesus woke
And on His mother smiled;
Remember! 'twas the hallowed time,
When Christ was but a Child.

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Sheet Music from Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1878).

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