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Down to Earth, as a Dove

Representative Text

1 Down to earth, as a dove,
Came to light holy love:
Jesus Christ from above
Bringing great salvation
Meant for every nation.

Let us sing, sing, sing,
Dance and spring, spring, spring,
Christ is here, Ever near!
Gloria in excelsis.

2 This is love come to light,
Now is fear put to flight.
God defeats darkest night,
Giving for our sorrows
Hope of new tomorrows.

3 Christ the Lord comes to feed
Hungry people in need;
In the house there is bread:
Jesus in a stable,
In the church a table.

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Author: Fred Kaan

Fred Kaan Hymn writer. His hymns include both original work and translations. He sought to address issues of peace and justice. He was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands in July 1929. He was baptised in St Bavo Cathedral but his family did not attend church regularly. He lived through the Nazi occupation, saw three of his grandparents die of starvation, and witnessed his parents deep involvement in the resistance movement. They took in a number of refugees. He became a pacifist and began attending church in his teens. Having become interested in British Congregationalism (later to become the United Reformed Church) through a friendship, he was attended Western College in Bristol. He was ordained in 1955 at the Windsor Road Congregation… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Down to earth, as a dove
Title: Down to Earth, as a Dove
Author: Fred Kaan (1968)
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Let us sing, sing, sing
Copyright: Copyright © 1968 by Hope Publishing Company, Carl Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used with permission.



Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Sing and Rejoice! #18


Voices United #42

TextPage Scan

Presbyterian Hymnal #300


Worship and Rejoice #204


Chalice Hymnal #168

Include 2 pre-1979 instances
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