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A Little Child Is Born Tonight

A little child is born tonight

Author (attributed to): Arthur Henry Brown
Tune: [A little child is born tonight]
Published in 2 hymnals

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Representative Text

1. A little child is born tonight,
And He shall lead His own,
To endless day, to glory bright,
To lands of everlasting light,
And to our Father’s throne.
A little child is born tonight,
And in the starry sky,
To Him the angels carols bring:
Good will and peace to men, they sing,
Glory to God on high,
Glory to God on high.

2. A little child is born tonight,
And shepherds haste to see
Their God and King in infant form,
And worship with their true hearts warm,
The Christ on bended knee.
A little child is born tonight,
And wise men from afar
Follow afresh that wondrous light,
That gloweth in the heav’nly height,
The Savior’s morning star,
The Savior’s morning star.

3. A little child is born tonight,
To hearts for long years lone,
To Anna, widow, Simeon, sage
Their Star of childhood, joy of age,
For evermore their own.
A little child is born tonight,
O come ye, one and all,
And hail in faith, and hope, and love,
The child who left His throne above,
To lie in yonder stall,
To lie in yonder stall.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #3599

Author (attributed to): Arthur Henry Brown

Born: Ju­ly 24, 1830, Brent­wood, Es­sex, Eng­land. Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 15, 1926, Brent­wood, Es­sex, Eng­land. Almost com­plete­ly self taught, Brown be­gan play­ing the or­gan at the age 10. He was or­gan­ist of the Brent­wood Par­ish Church, Es­sex (1842-53); St. Ed­ward’s, Rom­ford (1853-58); Brent­wood Par­ish Church (1858-88); St. Pe­ter’s Church, South Weald (from 1889); and Sir An­tho­ny Browne’s School (to 1926). A mem­ber of the Lon­don Gre­gor­i­an As­so­ci­a­tion, he helped as­sem­ble the Ser­vice Book for the an­nu­al fes­tiv­al in St. Paul’s Ca­thed­ral. He sup­port­ed the Ox­ford Move­ment, and pi­o­neered the res­tor­a­tion of plain­chant and Gre­gor­i­an mu… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: A little child is born tonight
Title: A Little Child Is Born Tonight
Author (attributed to): Arthur Henry Brown
Source: Carols Old and Carols New, by Charles L. Hutchins (Boston, Massachusetts: Parish Choir, 1916), number 246
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #3599
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