Behold, the great creator makes

Full Text

1 Behold, the great Creator makes
himself a house of clay,
in human flesh, our form he takes
which he will bear alway.

2 Hark, how the wise eternal Word
as a weak infant cries!
In form of servant is the Lord,
and God in cradle lies.

3 This wonder all the world amazed,
it shook the starry frame;
the hosts of heaven stood to gaze,
and bless the Saviour's name.

4 Glad shepherds ran to view this sight;
a choir of angels sings,
and eastern sages with delight
adore this King of kings.

5 Join then, all hearts that are not stone,
to sing with choirs above
and celebrate this Holy One,
the God of peace and love.

Source: Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #308

Author: Thomas Pestel

Pestel, Thomas, one of the chaplains to King Charles I., was Rector of Packington, Leics., until he was sequestrated from it by the Westminster Assembly in 1646. His hymns appeared in his Sermons and Devotions old and new. Revived and published as an obligation of gratitude to all such of the nobility, gentry and clergy as retain the noble conscience of having ministered to the weak condition of the Author, now aged 13 .... by Thomas Pestel, the meanest among his late Majesties Chaplains in Ordinary , London, 1659 (B. M. copy is 4452. am.). He seems to have died soon after the publication of this work. The Sermons are of 1638 and other years. Of the poetical pieces two have come into use:— 1. Fairest of Morning Lights appear.… Go to person page >



The Cyber Hymnal #445
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


Instances (1 - 10 of 10)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #71
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #308TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #46aPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #46bPage Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #62TextPage Scan
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #44
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #50
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #58
The Cyber Hymnal #445TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #23TextPage Scan
Include 5 pre-1979 instances