The Lord hath need of them.@Matthew 21:3

Ophelia G. Browning, 1889. Some hymnals show the author as F. G. Burroughs, Browning’s pseudonym.

John J. Hood (🔊 pdf nwc).

Gifts we bring to our king,
Every heart an offering—
Loving deeds for Jesus’ sake
Are the best gifts we can make:
For our gifts the Lord hath need;
He will bless each loving deed,
He will bless each loving deed,
And the children’s offering heed.

Praise we bring to our king,
And of God’s great love-gift sing,
While the story we repeat
Of the Christmas Babe so sweet!
For our praise the Lord hath need;
When we love in truth and deed,
When we love in truth and deed
Children’s praises He will heed.

Gifts we bring to our king,
While the merry chime-bells ring,
Kind words from our lips shall fall,
Cheerful smiles we’ll give to all:
For our gifts the Lord hath need;
He will bless each kindly deed,
He will bless each kindly deed,
And the words of children heed.