Scripture Verse

She brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger. Luke 2:7


George W. Chadwick (1854–1931)

Words: Fer­di­nand Q. Blan­chard, 1906.

Music: Ea­ton (Chad­wick) George W. Chad­wick, 1888 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Ferdinand Q. Blanchard (1876–1966)


O child of lowly manger birth
On whose low cry the ages wait,
Lead us Thy way, and every day
Guide us to see what made Thee great.

O Je­sus, youth of Nazareth,
Preparing for the bitter strife,
Wilt Thou impart to every heart
Thy perfect purity of life?

O Christ whose words make dear the fields
And hillsides green of Ga­li­lee,
Grant us to find, with reverent mind,
The truth Thou saidst should make us free.

O suffering Lord on Cal­va­ry,
Whom love led on to mortal pain,
We know Thy cross is not a loss
If we Thy love shall truly gain.

O master of abundant life
From natal morn to vic­to­ry’s hour,
We look to Thee, heed Thou our plea,
Teach us to share Thy ageless power.