Who Is He in Yonder Stall

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1 Who is he born in the stall,
at whose feet the shepherds fall?
Who is he in deep distress,
fasting in the wilderness?

'Tis the Lord, O wondrous story!
'Tis the Lord, the King of glory!
At his feet we humbly fall,
crown him, crown him, Lord of all!

2 Who is he the people bless
for his words of gentleness?
Who is he to whom they bring
all the sick and sorrowing? [Refrain]

3 Who is he that stands and weeps
at the grave where Lazarus sleeps?
Who is he the gath'ring throng
greet with loud triumphant song? [Refrain]

4 Lo! at midnight, who is he
prays in dark Gethsemane?
Who is he upon the tree
dies in grief and agony? [Refrain]

5 Who is he that from the grave
comes to heal and help and save?
Who is he that from his throne
rules thro' all the world alone? [Refrain]

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #331

Author: B. R. Hanby

Benjamin Russell Hanby was born July 22, 1833, the oldest of eight children, to Bishop William Hanby in Rushville, OH. The family moved to Westerville,OH where Bishop Hanby was a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. In his short life Benjamin graduated from Otterbein, taught school, became a United Brethren minister, started a singing school, was editor for John Church publishers in Cincinnati and composed many songs and hymns before he died of tuberculosis March 15, 1867. His home in Westerville was Ohio's first memorial to a composer. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad for slaves escaping to Canada and is a national historic site, a Methodist church Landmark and a Network to Freedom site for the National Park Service. There is… Go to person page >


Who is He in yonder stall. [Christmas.] By Benjamin Russell Hanby, an American divine, born 1833, died 1867. It appeared in The Dove: a Collection of Music for Day and Sunday Schools, Chicago, 1866.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



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