1 Far, far away is Bethlehem,
And years are long and dim
Since Mary held the holy Child
And angels sang to Him;
But still to hearts where love and faith
Make room for Chris tin them;
He comes again, the Child from God,
To find His Bethlehem.
2 Beyond the sea is Galilee,
And ways which Jesus trod;
And hidden there are those high hills
Where He communed with God;
Yet on the plains of common life
Thro’ all the world of men,
The voice that once said “Follow Me”
Speaks to our hearts again.
3 O Life that seems so long ago,
And yet is ever new,
The fellowship of love with Thee,
Thro’ all the years is true.
O Master over death and time,
Reveal Thyself we pray;
And as before amongst Thine own,
So dwell with us today.
Walter Russell Bowie (October 8, 1882–April 23, 1969), was a priest, author, editor, educator, hymn writer, and lecturer in the Episcopal Church (United States).
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