Scripture Verse

Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. Luke 2:15


Words: Jo­seph Hart, Hymns Com­posed on Va­ri­ous Sub­jects 1822, num­ber 12.

Music: Ab­er­deen pos­si­bly by An­drew Tait, in James Chal­mers’ un­ti­tled col­lec­tion, 1749. Me­lo­dy from Ru­di­ments of Mu­sic, by Ro­bert Brem­ner, 1756 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Hart or Tait (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Come, ye redeemèd of the Lord,
Your grateful tribute bring;
And celebrate with one accord,
The birthday of our king.

Let us with humble hearts repair—
Faith will point out the road—
To little Bethlehem; and there
Adore our infant God.

In swaddling bands the Savior view!
Let none this weakness scorn;
The feeblest heart shall hell subdue,
Where Jesus Christ is born.

No pomp adorns, no sweets perfume,
The place where Christ is laid;
The stable serves Him for His room;
A manger is His bed.

The crowded inn, like sinners’ hearts—
O ignorance extreme!
For other guests of various sorts
Had room; but none for Him.

But see what different thoughts arise
In ours and angels’ breasts:
To hail His birth they left the skies;
We lodged Him with the beasts.

Yet let believers cease their fears,
Nor envy heav’nly powers;
If sinless innocence be theirs,
Redemption all is ours.