162. This Little Babe So Few Days Old

1 This little Babe so few days old
Is come to rifle Satan's fold;
All hell doth at His presence quake,
Though He Himself for cold doth shake;
For in this weak unarmed wise
The gates of hell He will surprise.

2 With tears He fights and wins the field,
His tiny breast stands for a shield;
His battering shot are babish cries,
His arrows looks of weeping eyes,
His martial ensigns cold and need,
And feeble flesh His warrior's steed.

3 His camp is builded in a stall,
His bulwark but a broken wall,
The crib His trench, haystalks His stakes,
Of shepherds He His army makes;
And thus, as sure His foe to wound,
The angels' trumps the charge now sound.

4 My soul with Christ join thou in fight;
Stick to His tents, the place of might.
Within His crib is surest ward;
This little Babe will be thy Guard.
If thou wilt foil thy foes with joy,
Then flit not from this heav'nly Boy!

Text Information
First Line: This little Babe so few days old
Title: This Little Babe So Few Days Old
Author: R. Southwell, c. 1561-96
Publication Date: 1996
Meter: 88 88 88
Topic: God's Protection; Christmas 2
Language: English
Notes: Hymn text, suggested tune HEUT TRIUMPHIERET GOTTES SOHN
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