Down from the Skies

Down from the skies bending low over the manger

Author: B. R. Hanby
Tune: [Down from the skies bending low o'er the manger]
Published in 8 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Down from the skies bending low o’er the manger,
White robed celestials adoringly throng;
Hark! for they herald a heavenly stranger;
Hasten, ye mortals, to join in their song.

Little children lisp His grace,
Youthful voices sound His praise;
Men and angels raise your loud hosannas to His name;
Oceans with your fullness roar,
Earth resound from shore to shore,
Hallelujah to the Lamb.

2 Hail Him, ye shepherds, adore Him, ye sages,
Ho! waiting Israel still faithful, though few;
Gentiles, Oh list to the voice of the ages,
Lo! a Deliv’rer is coming to you. [Refrain]

3 Dark is the pathway before Him and dreary,
Onward it leads to the cross and the grave;
Cheerful He treads it though fainting and weary,
Thus, only thus, He His loved ones can save. [Refrain]

4 Weep not, O stricken ones, when shall enfold Him
All the deep darkness of Calvary’s gloom;
Soon, soon your tear blinded eyes shall behold Him,
Walking a God from the gates of the tomb. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9345

Author: B. R. Hanby

Benjamin Russell Hanby was born July 22, 1833, the oldest of eight children, to Bishop William Hanby in Rushville, OH. The family moved to Westerville,OH where Bishop Hanby was a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. In his short life Benjamin graduated from Otterbein, taught school, became a United Brethren minister, started a singing school, was editor for John Church publishers in Cincinnati and composed many songs and hymns before he died of tuberculosis March 15, 1867. His home in Westerville was Ohio's first memorial to a composer. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad for slaves escaping to Canada and is a national historic site, a Methodist church Landmark and a Network to Freedom site for the National Park Service. There is… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Down from the skies bending low over the manger
Title: Down from the Skies
Author: B. R. Hanby
Refrain First Line: Little children lisp his grace
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #9345
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