1 Gentle Jesus, pure and holy,
Once Thou wert a little child,
Cradled in a manger lowly,
O’er it watched Thy mother mild.
So while Mary, bending o’er Thee,
Waited for the coming morn,
Angels sang the joyous story:
Lo! The Prince of Peace is born!
2 High in Heav’n’s blue deep above Thee,
Rose that bright and morning star;
As the wise men knelt before Thee,
Bringing treasures from afar;
While the happy shepherds following
Where the angels led the way;
At the shrine they knelt adoring,
Where the Babe in beauty lay.
3 Gentle Jesus, pure and holy,
Still the angels lead to Thee;
And the children follow gladly
To the Child of Galilee.
Like the wise men, gifts we bring Thee,
Like the shepherds, we adore,
Like the angels, songs we sing Thee,
Love and praise forever more.
Wendte, Rev. Charles William. (Boston, Massachusetts, June 11, 1844--September 9, 1911, San Francisco, California). He graduated from the Harvard Divinity School in 1869 and served Unitarian churches in Chicago, Illinois; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Newport, Rhode Island From 1885 to 1900 he was engaged in denominational work on the Pacific Coast and thereafter was Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the American Unitarian Association, Boston, spending a part of each year in Europe. Long intrested in Sunday Schools he published in 1886 The Carol, for Sunday School and Home; a book of songs for use by children and young people entitled Jubilate Deo in 1900; and another in 1908 entitled Heart and Voice, a Collection of Songs and Services for the Sunda… Go to person page >
John Zundel's BEECHER (named after Henry Ward Beecher, his pastor) was first published in his Christian Heart Songs (1870) as a setting for Charles Wesley's "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" (568). The tune is also known as ZUNDEL. Approximating the shape of a rounded bar form (AA'BA'), BEECHER is…