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Once in Bethlehem of Judah

Once in Bethlehem of Judah

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Tune: [Once in Bethlehem of Judah] (Dugard)
Published in 19 hymnals

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1 Once in Bethlehem of Judah,
Far away across the sea,
There was laid a little Baby
On a Virgin Mother's knee.

Refrain:
O Saviour, gentle Saviour!
Hear Thy little children sing,
The God of our salvation,
The Child that is our King.

2 It was not a stately palace
Where that little Baby lay,
With His servants to attend Him,
And with guards to keep the way. [Refrain]

3 But the oxen stood around Him
In a stable, low and dim:
In the world He had created
There was not a room for Him!
O Saviour, gentle Saviour, &c.

4 For He left His Father's glory,
And the golden halls above,
And He took our human nature
In the greatness of His love. [Refrain]

5 Of His infinite compassion
He can feel our want and woe;
For He suffered, He was tempted,
When He lives our life below. [Refrain]

6 Still His childhood's bright example
Gives a light to our poor homes;
From the blood of His atoning
Still our hope of pardon comes. [Refrain]

7 Still He stands and pleads in heaven
For us, weak and sin defiled, -
God, who is a man for ever.
Jesus, who was once a Child! [Refrain]

Amen.


Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #52

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander

Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >

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First Line: Once in Bethlehem of Judah
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Refrain First Line: O Savior, gentle Savior

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The Cyber Hymnal #5198
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