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To us in Bethlem city

To us in Bethlem city

Author: Percy Dearmer
Published in 4 hymnals

Full Text

1 To us in Bethlem city was born a little Son;
in him all gentle graces were gatherered into one:
Eia: eia;* were gathered into one.

2 And all our love and fortune lie in his mighty hands;
our sorrows, joys, and failures he sees and understands:
Eia: eia; he sees and understands.

3 O Shepherd, ever near us, we'll go where thou dost lead;
no matter where the pasture, with thee at hand to feed:
Eia: eia; with thee at hand to feed.

4 No grief shall part us from thee, however sharp the edge;
we'll serve and do thy bidding--O take our hearts in pledge!
Eia: eia; O take our hearts in pledge!

*"O joy: glad joy!"

Source: Rejoice in the Lord #222

Author: Percy Dearmer

Dearmer, Percy, M.A., son of Thomas Dearmer, was born in London, Feb. 27, 1867, and educated at Westminster School and at Christ Church, Oxford (B.A. 1890, M.A. 1896). He was ordained D. 1891, P. 1892, and has been since 1901 Vicar of S. Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill, London. He has been Secretary of the London Branch of the Christian Social Union since 1891, and is the author of The Parson's Handbook, 1st edition, 1899, and other works. He was one of the compilers of the English Hymnal, 1906, acting as Secretary and Editor, and contributed to it ten translations (38, 95, 150, 160, 165, 180, 215, 237, 352, 628) and portions of two others (242, 329), with the following originals:— 1. A brighter dawn is breaking. Easter. Suggested by… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: To us in Bethlem city
Author: Percy Dearmer
Source: Cölner Psalter (1638) (based on a carol in )
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Eia, Eia