The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Who Will Lead Me To The Manger

Christ Manifest at the Altar

A Communion Hymn For The Epiphany

Words: William Chatterton Dix (1837-1865)

Music: Not Stated

Source: William Chatterton Dix, ed., Altar Songs - Verses On The Holy Eucharist. Second Edition, Enlarged. (London: John Hodges, 1868), Hymn #4, pp. 5-6.

1. Who will lead me to the manger,
    Where my Lord is lying ?
Lead me through the dark and danger,
    Lead through tears and sighing,
Guide where King and Gentile stranger,
    Star-led now are hieing?

2. What the gift I have to bring Him
    Who hath brought Salvation?
What the song wherewith to sing Him
    Whom the Angel-nation
Hymns, while thousand censers fling Him,
    Mystical oblation ?

3. Peace l The Way Himself will lead me
    Where in silence lying
He, the Gift Himself will feed me
    With the Bread undying
Where Himself will gently heed me,
    Stay my tears and sighing.

4. To the Altar, not the manger,
    I am journey taking;
If in darkness, if in danger,
    Heart and flesh be quaking,
He The Light, both friend and stranger,
    Leads where light is breaking.

5. There the nations shall behold Him
    Who, His glory hiding,
Lets created things enfold Himó
    Who, creation guiding,
While the worlds He framed uphold Him,
    On the winds is riding.

6. Jew and Gentile bend before Him,
    In humiliation;
Scythian, bond and free implore Him
    By His Incarnation ;
At His Altar-shrine adore Him,
    Peace, Propitiation.

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