Scripture Verse

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that…we should live together with Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:9–10


Words: Jes­sie H. Bak­er, in The Fin­est of the Wheat, ed­it­ed by George D. El­der­kin (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Ro­bert R. Mc­Cabe, 1890), num­ber 94.

Music: John M. Whyte (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Bak­er or Whyte (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


From a palace to a manger,
Once the Sav­ior came;
Poor, despised, and called a stranger;
This, my Sav­ior’s fame.
Down in pathways dark and dreary,
Still my Sav­ior goes,
Cheering hearts grown faint and weary,
Bearing other’s woes.


My Lord was cru­ci­fied for me,
Upon the cross He died for me,
And I will love Thee, my Sav­ior;
For Thou hast first loved me.

On the cross, His arms extended,
There my Sav­ior dies;
In a grave—His life-work ended,
There my Sav­ior lies;
From the tomb, death’s fetters rending,
See my Sav­ior rise,
Back to Heav’n, to home ascending,
Lo! He mounts the skies.


Wide are flung the gates of brightness,
List the heav’nly strains!
On a throne of dazzling whiteness,
Now my Sav­ior reigns;
And to see Him in His beauty
On the hills of God,
I must tread the path of duty,
That my Sav­ior trod.