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Waken, Christian children

Waken, Christian children

Author: S. C. Hamerton
Tune: [Waken, Christian children] (English)
Published in 37 hymnals

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1 Waken! Christian children,
Up and let us sing
With glad hearts the voices,
Of our newborn King.
Up! ’tis meet to welcome,
With a joyous lay
Christ, the King of Glory,
Born for us today.

2 In a manger lowly
Sleeps the heavenly Child;
O’er Him fondly bendeth
Mary, mother mild.
Far above that stable,
Up in Heaven so high,
One bright star outshineth,
Watching silently.

3 Fear not, then, to enter,
Though we cannot bring
Gold, or myrrh, or incense
Fitting for a King.
Gifts He asketh richer,
Offerings costlier still,
Yet may Christian children
Bring them if they will.

4 Brighter than all jewels
Shines the modest eye;
Best of gifts He loveth
Infant purity.
Haste we, then, to welcome
With a joyous lay
Christ, the King of Glory,
Born for us today.

Source: The Sunday School Hymnal: with offices of devotion #265

Author: S. C. Hamerton

Hamerton, Samuel Collingwood, born in 1833, educated at University College, Oxford (B.A. 1856), Incumbent of St. Paul's, Warwick, from 1866, and died there Jan. 6, 1872. His hymn "Waken, Christian children" (Christmas Carol), is in Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872; the Hymnal Companion, 1890, and others. It appeared as a Carol published by Masters, in 1861. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Waken, Christian children
Author: S. C. Hamerton



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