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Behold a little child

Behold a little child

Author: William Walsham How
Published in 17 hymnals

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1 Behold a little Child
Laid in a manger bed,
The wintry blasts blow wild . . .
Around His infant head;
But who is this so lowly laid?
'Tis He by whom the worlds were made.

2 Alas! in what poor state
The Son of God is seen;
Why doth the Lord so great
Choose out a home so mean?
That we may learn from pride to flee,
And follow His humility.

3 Where Joseph plies his trade,
Lo! Jesus labours too;
The hands that all things made
An earthly craft pursue,
That weary men on Him may rest,
And faithful toil in Him be blest.

4 Among the doctors see
The Boy so full of grace:
Say, wherefore taketh He
The scholar's lowly place?
That Christian boys with reverence meet
May sit and learn at Jesus' feet.

5 Christ! once Thyself a boy,
Our boyhood guard and guide;
Be Thou its light and joy,
And still with us abide;
That Thy dear love, so great, so free,
May draw us evermore to Thee.


Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #55

Author: William Walsham How

How, William Walsham, D.D., son of William Wybergh How, Solicitor, Shrewsbury, was born Dec. 13, 1823, at Shrewsbury, and educated at Shrewsbury School and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A. 1845). Taking Holy Orders in 1846, he became successively Curate of St. George's, Kidderminster, 1846; and of Holy Cross, Shrewsbury, 1848. In 1851 he was preferred to the Rectory of Whittington, Diocese of St. Asaph, becoming Rural Dean in 1853, and Hon. Canon of the Cathedral in 1860. In 1879 he was appointed Rector of St. Andrew's Undershaft, London, and was consecrated Suffragan Bishop for East London, under the title of the Bishop of Bedford, and in 1888 Bishop of Wakefield. Bishop How is the author of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Commen… Go to person page >

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First Line: Behold a little child
Author: William Walsham How



The Cyber Hymnal #430
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Small Church Music #1932
  • PDF Score (PDF)
Small Church Music #6376
  • PDF Score (PDF)


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Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #143
Small Church Music #1932Audio
Small Church Music #2882Audio
Small Church Music #6376Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #430TextScoreAudio
Include 12 pre-1979 instances