Scripture Verse

Let the little children come to Me. Luke 18:16

Introduction

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Christoph von Schmid
(1768–1854)

Words: Chris­toph von Schmid, 1794 (Ihr Kin­der­lein, kom­met, o kom­met doch all). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Mel­a­nie Schulte (1885–1922). Click here for more back­ground in­for­ma­tion on the hymn.

Music: Schulz Jo­hann A. P. Schulz, 1790 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Johann A. P. Schulz
(1747–1800)

Lyrics

Oh, come, little children, oh, come, one and all,
To Bethlehem’s stable, in Bethlehem’s stall.
And see with rejoicing this glorious sight,
Our Father in heaven has sent us this night.

Oh, see in the manger, in hallowèd light
A star throws its beam on this holiest sight.
In clean swaddling clothes lies the heavenly Child,
More lovely than angels, this Baby so mild.

Oh, there lies the Christ Child, on hay and on straw;
The shepherds are kneeling before Him with awe.
And Mary and Joseph smile on Him with love,
While angels are singing sweet songs from above.