God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Words: Ellin I. Tupper, in Lyra Britannica, by Charles Rogers (London: Longmans, Green, 1867), pages 562–63.
If you know where to get a good photo of Tupper or Perkins (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
Listen to the wondrous story,
How upon the Christmas morn
Jesus left the realms of glory,
As a little babe was born;
Left those bright and happy regions
Of His Father’s home above,
And the glorious angel legions,
In His great and boundless love!
Came into a lowly manger,
Dwelt beneath a humble shed,
And among His own a stranger
Knew not where to lay His head;
Went from city unto city,
All His life was doing good,
Weeping o’er His friend with pity,
When beside the grave He stood.
Love all human love exceeding
Brought Him to a cruel death,
Even then, though hanging, bleeding
On the cross, His latest breath
Spent He for His murderers, praying
To His Father to forgive;
To the thief repentant saying,
Thou in paradise shalt live!
Oh! what love in God the Father
To bestow His only Son;
Oh! what love in Christ, who rather
Than the world should be undone,
Came Himself to seek and save us,
Came to claim us for His own;
Freely all our sins forgave us,
Raised us to His glorious throne!