Scripture Verse

You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Luke 2:12

Introduction

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Maltbie D. Babcock
1858–1901

Words: A. Em­i­lie Pouls­son, in Hymns and Ca­rols, ed­it­ed by Malt­bie Bab­cock (New York: No­vel­lo, Ew­er, 1903), num­ber 19, and, in slight­ly mo­di­fied form, in Pri­ma­ry School Ca­rols (Co­lum­bus, Ohio: Lu­ther­an Book Con­cern, 1913), num­ber 11.

Music: Tor­re­ón Malt­bie D. Bab­cock, No­vem­ber 1894 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Once the little Christ-child lay,
Cradled in the fragrant hay,
Long ago on Christmas.
Stranger bed a babe ne’er found,
Wondering cattle stood around,
Long ago on Christmas.

By the shining vision taught,
Shepherds for the Christ-child sought,
Long ago on Christmas.
Guided in a starlit way,
Wise men came their gifts to pay,
Long ago on Christmas.

And today the whole glad earth
Praises God for that Child’s birth,
Long ago on Christmas.
For the Life, the Truth, the Way,
Come to bless the earth that day,
Long ago on Christmas.