Waken, Christian children

Waken, Christian children

Author: S. C. Hamerton
Tune: [Waken, Christian children] (English)
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1 Waken, Christian children!
Up and let us sing
With glad voice, the praises
Of our newborn King.
Up! 'tis meet to welcome
With a joyous lay
Christ, the King of Glory,
Born for us to-day.
Come, nor fear to seek Him,
Children though we be;
Once He said of children,
"Let them come to me."
Waken, Christian children,
Up! and let us sing,
With glad voice, the praises
Of our newborn King.

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.
Fear not then to enter,
Though we cannot bring
Gold, or myrrh or incense
Fitting for a King.
Waken, etc.

3 Gifts He asketh richer,
Offerings costlier still;
Yet may Christian children
Bring them if they will.
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 to-day.
Waken, etc.


Source: The Church Hymnal Revised: containing hymns approved and set forth by the general conventions of 1892 and 1916; together with hymns for the use of guilds and brotherhoods, and for special occastions #651

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 >

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Author: S. C. Hamerton

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