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The babe of Bethlehem

Repeat the dear old story

Author: Emma Fisk Smith
Tune: [Repeat the dear old story]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. Repeat the dear old story
Of the royal Babe who came,
His throne a lowly manger,
In faroff Bethlehem.
Tell how the sweet girl mother
Watched o'er the sinless one,
And in her pure heart pondered
The strange things that were done.

2. Tell how the shepherds watching,
As David watched of yore,
Heard wondrous songs of angels
Men never heard before.
Tell how they hastened quickly
To see the Babe whose birth
Could bring from heaven the angels
To sing of "peace on earth."

3. Tell how the wise men followed
The beauteous guiding star
Which led them to the manger,
From countries strange and far.
Tell of their lowly worship,
The royal gifts they bro't,
Thereby to fitly honor
The kingly Babe they sought.

4. The Babe soon left the manger,
The shepherds might not stay,
The wise men to their country
Returned another way.
'Tis ages since the Christ-child
Slept in the manger low,
But still we love its story:
That Christmas long ago.

Source: Carols of Hope: a compilation of select sacred songs for use in Sunday schools, praise and young people's services #166

Author: Emma Fisk Smith

Late 19th Century Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Repeat the dear old story
Title: The babe of Bethlehem
Author: Emma Fisk Smith
Refrain First Line: O, tell the story over
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #9247
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The Cyber Hymnal #9247

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