Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.@Micah 5:2

Cecil F. Alexander, in Voices of Praise, edited by Charles L. Hutchins (Boston, Massachusetts: Ditson & Company, 1883).

F. J. Dugard (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Cecil F. Alexander (1818-1895)

Once in Bethlehem of Judah,
Far away across the sea,
There was laid a little baby
On a virgin mother’s knee.

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O Savior, gentle Savior,
Hear Thy loving children sing,
The God of our salvation,
The child that is a king.

It was not a stately palace
Where that little baby lay,
With His servants to attend Him,
And with guards to keep the way.

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But the oxen stood around Him,
In a stable low and dim;
In the world He had created
There was not a room for Him.

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For He left His Father’s glory,
And the golden halls above,
And He took our human nature,
In the greatness of His love.

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Of His infinite compassion,
He can feel our want and woe;
For He suffered, He was tempted,
When He lived our life below.

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Still His childhood’s bright example
Gives a light to our poor homes;
From the blood of His atoning
Still our hope of pardon comes.

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Still He stands and pleads in Heaven,
For us, weak and sin-defiled;
God, who is a man for ever,
Jesus, who was once a child.

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