Scripture Verse

[He] made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:7

Introduction

Words: From A Christ­mas Ser­mon, in Fresh Hearts That Failed Three Thou­sand Years Ago, by Ro­bert T. S. Low­ell (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Tick­nor & Fields, 1860), pag­es 44–50. Appeared in The Mis­sion Band Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by Em­i­lie S. Coles (New­ark, New Jer­sey: L. J. Hard­ham, 1879), pag­es 9–10.

Music: Ev­en­ing Pray­er (Steb­bins) George C. Steb­bins, 1878 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
George C. Stebbins
(1846–1945)

Lyrics

He that lay in lowly manger,
Now is known as Heaven’s king;
What but angels sang, aforetime,
Now have men been taught to sing:

God have glory, in the highest:
Peace on earth, good will towards men:
Over all the tide of ages,
Ever now as it was then.

Lo, He came, the Lord of glory!
Born and cradled in a stall:
Sure He had but scanty welcome,
Seeing He was Lord of all.

Yet, in sooth, He sought no other,
Nor to earth for homage came;
Here He took the form of servant,
Here He bared the cheek to shame.

Not of this world was His kingdom,
He lived not at monarch’s cost;
He sought not the known and honored,
But He came to seek the lost.

Glory, worship, love and service,
To the blessèd One in Three;
As it was in the beginning,
Is, and evermore shall be.