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A Virgin Did Come

A virgin did come from lowliest home

Author: S. C. Clarke (Samuel Childs Clarke?)
Tune: [A virgin did come from lowliest home]
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1. A virgin did come from lowliest home,
And shelter she fain in a manger would find;
For full was the inn, and no room was within,
Save where to the stalls the mute oxen they bind.

O how wondrous the love and the deep humility
Of Him who was laid in the manger for me.

2. That Babe was a king, mystic gifts, lo, they bring,
Sure tokens they were of some great one to be;
To Bethlehem led, Eastern sages have sped
From afar The desire of all nations to see. [Refrain]

3. Accomplished their hope, their treasures they ope—
Gold, frankincense, myrrh, to that Infant they brought,
Gifts costly and rare, full of meaning they were,
Though not yet unveiled were the great truths they taught. [Refrain]

4. No tokens of state round that royal Babe wait,
Seeming least, and yet greatest, of monarchs was He;
But in reverence low, princely Magi did bow,
As though they divined all His true dignity. [Refrain]

Author: S. C. Clarke (Samuel Childs Clarke?)

Clarke, Samuel Childs, M.A., born Jan. 6, 1821, and educated at Queen's College and St Mary Hall, Oxford, graduating B.A., 1844, and M.A. 1846. On taking Holy Orders he became successively Curate of Thorverton, and of Dawlish, Devon ; Vicar of St. Thomas by-Launceston, and Head Master of the Launceston Grammar School, and Vicar of Thorverton, 1875; and Hon. Sec. of the Exeter Board of Education. Mr. Clarke has published some educational works: Thoughts in Verse from a Village Churchman's Note Book, 1848, and Services of Song for Christmas, Passiontide, Ascension, Harvest (S. P. C. K. catalogue), Advent, Eastertide, Missionary, Flower, and Children's Services. These Services of Song have been sanctioned for use in churches by the Bishops of… Go to person page >

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First Line: A virgin did come from lowliest home
Title: A Virgin Did Come
Author: S. C. Clarke (Samuel Childs Clarke?)
Source: Carols Old and Carols New, by Charles L. Hutchins (Boston, Massachusetts: Parish Choir, 1916), number 284
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O how wondrous the love and the deep humility
Copyright: Public Domain


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