The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Waken! Christian Children

Words: Rev. S. C. Hamerton

Music: Rev. S. C. Hamerton

Source: Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old, First Series (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1871), Carol #16

1. Waken! Christian children,
Up and let us sing,
With glad voice the praises
Of our newborn King

2. Up! ‘tis meet to welcome
With a joyous lay
Christ, the King of Glory,
Born for us today.

3. Come, nor fear to seek Him,
Children though we be;
Once He said of children
"Let them come to Me."

4. In a manger lowly
Sleeps the Heavenly Child;
O’er him fondly bendeth
Mary, Mother mild.

5. Far above that stable,
Up in heaven so high,
One bright star out-shineth,
Watching silently.

6. Fear not then to enter,
Though we cannot bring
Gold, or myrrh, or incense,
Fitting for a King.

7. Gifts he asketh richer,
Offerings costlier still,
Yet may Christian children
Bring them if they will.

8. Brighters than all jewels
Shines the modest eye;
Best of gifts He loveth
Infant purity.

9. Haste we then to welcome
With a joyous lay
Christ, the King of Glory,
Born for us today.

Sheet Music from Henry Ramsden Bramley and John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1871)

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Sheet Music from Rev. Edgar Pettman, ed., The Westminster Carol Book (London: Houghton & Co., 1899).

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Sheet music from Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol 412
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

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