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He has come, the Christ of God

Representative Text

1 He has come, the Christ of God:
Left for us His glad abode;
Stooping from His throne of bliss
To this darksome wilderness.

2 He has come, the Prince of Peace:
Come to bid our sorrows cease;
Come to scatter with His light
All the shadows of our night.

3 He, the mighty King, has come,
Making this poor earth His home:
Come to bear our sin's sad load,
Son of David, Son of God.

4 He has come, whose Name of grace
Speaks deliverance to our race:
Left for us His glad abode,
Son of Mary, Son of God.

5 Unto us a Child is born:
Ne'er has earth beheld a morn
Among all the morns of time,
Half so glorious in its prime.

6 Unto us a Son is given:
He has come from God's own heaven,
Bringing with Him from above
Holy peace and holy love.

Amen.

The Hymnal: Published by the authority of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., 1895

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: He has come, the Christ of God
Author: Horatius Bonar
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

He has come! the Christ of God. H. Bonar. [Christmas.] Appeared in the first series of his Hymns of Faith and Hope, 1857, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "A Bethlehem Hymn," with the motto "Mundum implens in praesepio jacens," Augustine. In its full, or in an abridged form, it is in several collections in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

MENDELSSOHN (51171)

The tune is from the second chorus of Felix Mendelssohn's (PHH 279) Festgesang (Op. 68) for male voices and brass; it was first performed in 1840 at the Gutenberg Festival in Leipzig, a festival celebrating the anniversary of Gutenberg's invention of the printing press. Mendelssohn's tune is similar…

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GLAD DAY


[He has come! the Christ of God] (Geibel)


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