The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Sing The Holy Child-Christ

For Epiphany

Words: William Chatterton Dix (1837-1865)

Music: Not Stated, but see below.
Meter 65 65 65 65.

Source: William Chatterton Dix, ed., Hymns and Carols for Children (London: W. Knott, 1869), #19, p. 17.

1. Sing the Holy Child-Christ,
    True eternal Lord ;
Born a helpless infant,
    He th' Incarnate Word.
Haste we to the manger,
    Where, in swathing bands,
He lies, the whole creation
    Holding in His hands.

2. Lo ! the hornèd cattle
    Stand around His bed,
While on Mary's bosom
    Rests that little head :
That Head which men hereafter
    Shall, in bitter scorn,
With many a taunting gesture,
    Bind about with thorn.

3. Child, to Whom all nations
    Bending shall be brought :
Child, Who our salvation
    Wondrously hast wrought ;
To Thee we bring our carols
    At this holy tide,
When first to Jew and Gentile
    Heaven was opened wide.


Also appeared in W. Chatterton Dix, ed., Christmas Carols & Christmas Customs (No publisher, location or date; ca. 1870) who noted that this was from a French Noel, and that the music was published by Mons. L‘Abbé Nary, Organist of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Chartres. Unfortunately, we do not have the name of the French Noel or the name of the tune for this carol.

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