Scripture Verse

Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Introduction

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Hans C. Andersen
(1805–1875)

Words: Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen (1805–1875) (Barn Je­sus i en krybbe lå). Trans­lat­or un­known: this trans­la­tion ap­peared in Church Hymns and Tunes (New York: A. S. Barnes, 1909), num­ber 143.

Music: Niels W. Gade (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Niels W. Gade
(1817–1890)

Lyrics

Child Jesus comes from heav’nly height
To save us from sin’s keeping;
On manger straw, in darksome night,
The Blessèd One lies sleeping.
The star smiles down, the angels greet,
The oxen kiss the baby’s feet;
Alleluia, alleluia,
Child Jesus, Christ the Lord.

Take courage, soul in grief cast down,
Forget the bitter dealing;
A child is born in David’s town
To touch all souls with healing.
Then let us go and seek the child,
Children like Him, meek, undefiled.
Alleluia, alleluia,
Child Jesus, Christ the Lord.