1 Come, ye lofty, come ye lowly,
Let your songs of gladness ring.
In a stable lies the Holy,
In a manger rests the King.
See in Mary's arms reposing,
Christ, by highest heaven adored;
Come, your circle round him closing,
Pious hearts that love the Lord.
2 Come, ye poor; no pomp of station
Robes the Child your hearts adore.
He, the Lord of all creation,
Shares your want, is weak and poor.
Oxen, round about behold them,
Rafters naked, cold and bare;
See the shepherds, God has told them,
That the Lord of life lies there.
3 Come, ye children blithe and merry,
This one Child your model make;
Christmas holly, leaf and berry,
All be prized for his dear sake.
Come, ye gentle hearts and tender,
Come, ye spirits keen and bold;
All in all your homage render,
Weak and mighty, young and old.
4 High above a star is shining,
And the wise men haste from far.
Come, glad hearts and spirits pining;
'Tis for you has risen the star.
Let us bring our poor oblations,
Thanks and love and faith and praise;
Come, ye peoples, come ye nations,
All in all your homage raise.
Gurney, Archer Thompson, was born in 1820, and educated for the legal profession. He was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple, but in 1849 he entered Holy Orders. He held several appointments, including the Curacy of Buckingham, 1854-58; the Chaplaincy of the Court Church, Paris, 1858-71, and other charges. He died at Bath, March 21, 1887. His published works include:—
Spring, 1853; Songs of the Present, 1854; The Ode of Peace, 1855; Songs of Early Summer, 1856; and A Book of Praise, 1862.
To the Book of Praise he contributed 147 hymns. Very few of these are known beyond his own collection. He is widely known through his Easter hymn “Christ is risen, Christ is risen." His "Memory of the blest departed" (SS. Philip and James) is in t… Go to person page >
Come, ye lofty, come ye lowly. A. T. Gurney. [Christmas.] 1st printed as a "Christmas Hymn" in 1852 in the Penny Post, vol. ii. p. 321, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines. In 1856 it was included in the author's Songs of Early Summer, p. 178, and in 1862 in his work, A Book of Praise. It has also been given in the Lyra Messianica, 1864, in the carol col¬lections of Chope, Stainer & Bramley, and others, and in several American hymn-books, including Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, and others. [William T. Brooke]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Come, Ye LoftyFirst Line: Come, ye lofty, come, ye lowlyTune Title: [Come, ye lofty, come, ye lowly]Author: Archer Thompson GurneySource: Christmas Carols New and Old, by Henry R. Bramley & John Stainer (London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1871), pp. 8-9
Display Title: Come Ye Lofty, Come Ye LowlyFirst Line: Come, ye lofty, come, ye lowlyTune Title: OLD BRETON MELODYAuthor: Arthur GurneyMeter: 188.8.131.52.D.Scripture: Matthew 2:10-11Date: 1996Subject: Adoration | ; Children | ; Christmas | ; Faith | ; Story of Jesus | ; Love | ; Nativity | ; Praise | ; Singing (or Song) | ; Thankfulness |