The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Saviour's Love

Words: English Traditional

Music: English Traditional

Meter: 10 10 10 10

Source: G. Walters, A Good Christmas Box (Dudley: G. Walters, 1847; reprinted Ashley: Michael Raven, 2007), pp. 29-30.

Thus have your heard and seen our Saviour's love
And, and how he suffered like an harmless dove,
And if we in our wickedness remain,
We crucified our blessed Lord again.

If you was going to be put to death,
It would be hard to find a friend on earth,
That would lay down his life to set you free,
But Christ with patients shed his blood for thee.

Consider what our Lord did undergo,
For us to preserve us from the gulph of woe,
Repent in time, your wickedness refrain,
Christ will not shed his blood for us again.

To love each other that we ought to do,
'Tis God's command, although it's kept by few,
For little love can in this world be found,
Nothing but spite and malice doth abound.

Here is a saying that Scripture plainly shows,
To pray for them that are your greatest foes,
And if you ever think to enter heaven,
You must forgive as you would be forgiven.

'Tis very apt in some to curse and swear,
But let me now persuade you to forbear,
And do no more abuse the name of God,
Lest he should smite you with his heavy rod.

The sin of drunkenness leave off in time,
For that's another sad notorious crime,
Love sober lives, and lay that sin aside,
Nay likewise too, that odious sin of pride.

Some make their riches as their god I know,
And on the poor they nothing will bestow,
'Tis good to help the poor in their distress,
Relieve the widow and the father Lewis.

Give to the poor, you lend it to the Lord,
The cheerful giver Christ will well reward,
In that sweet place where holy angels dwell,
For how soon death can come no man can tell.

Some do by gaming lose their whole estate,
And then are sorry when it is too late,
Therefore in time leave off such foolish things,
Which heavy sorrow and destruction brings.

Now one thing more to youth I wish to say,
Your tender parents, honor and obey,
As they took care to bring you up indeed,
You ought to help them out in time of need.

Attend by church a Sabbath, don't neglect,
The holy Scriptures will thy soul direct,
And let it be thy ever constant care,
To serve the Lord by daily fervent prayer.

Some are deprived of their precious sight,
All worldly pleasures are hid from them quite,
'Tis better to live in darkness here on earth,
Then lose the light of heaven after death.

So, here I will conclude and make an end,
Of these few lines which are sincerely penned,
Now by the book t. The price is very small,
Lord, grant it may be for the good of all.

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