O Come, Little Children

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English:
1 O come, little children, O come, one and all
To Bethlehem hasten and to the cow's stall.
We'll see what our Father this holiest night
Has sent to his children for joy and delight.

2 O see in his cradle in starlight full bright
See here where now streams from above a great light,
A dear little baby, a heavenly child,
More lovely than angels his smile sweet and mild.

3 See Mary and Joseph a glad vigil keep
Where cradled in hay he lies softly asleep.
In awe see the shepherds who kneel round the King;
On high angel choirs all their glad carols sing.

4 O kneel like the shepherds and like them all pray;
With hands gently holded, to God your thanks say.
Then sing and be merry, who would not rejoice"
And join with the angels your heart and your voice.

German:
1 Ihr Kinderlein, kommet, o kommet doch all!
Zur Krippe her kommet in Bethlehems Stall,
Und seht, was in dieser hochheiligen Nacht
Der Vater im Himmel für Freude uns macht.

2 O seht in der Krippe im nächtlichen Stall,
Seht hier bei des Lichtleins hellglänzendem Strahl,
In reinlichen Windeln das himmlische Kind,
Viel schöner und holder als Engel es sind.



Source: Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #86

Translator: K. F. R.

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Author: Christoph von Schmid

Johann Christoph von Schmidt DT Germany 1768-1854. Born at Dinkelsbuhl, Bavaria, Germany, the oldest of nine children and son of a civil servant who worked for the Teutonic Order, he received private lessons in the monastery and attended Catholic Latin school for two years, then attended the Dillingen high school, afterward tutoring for a wealthy family. He enrolled in the Episcopal University in Dillingen and studied philosphy for two years, then theology for four years. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1791. He served as parish vicar in Nassenbeuren, then chaplain at Seeg. In 1796, when he was placed as the head of a large school in Thannhausen, where he taught for many years. From 1816-1826 he was parish priest at Obersta… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O come, little children, O come, one and all (KFR)
Title: O Come, Little Children
German Title: Ihr Kinderlein, kommet
Translator: K. F. R.
Author: Christoph von Schmid
Meter: 11.11.11.11
Language: English; German
Publication Date: 1996
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1996.

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