Once In Bethlehem Of Judah


Once in Bethlehem of Judah,
Far away across the sea,
There was laid a little Baby
On a Virgin Mother’s knee.

Refrain:
O Saviour, gentle Saviour!
Hear Thy little children sing,
The God of our salvation,
The Child that is our King.

It was not a stately palace
Where that little Baby lay,
With His servants to attend Him,
And with guards to keep the way. [Refrain]

But the oxen stood around Him
In a stable, low and dim:
In the world He had created
There was not a room for Him!
O Saviour, gentle Saviour, &c.

For He left His Father’s glory,
And the golden halls above,
And He took our human nature
In the greatness of His love. [Refrain]

Of His infinite compassion
He can feel our want and woe;
For He suffered, He was tempted,
When He lives our life below. [Refrain]

Still His childhood’s bright example
Gives a light to our poor homes;
From the blood of His atoning
Still our hope of pardon comes. [Refrain]

Still He stands and pleads in heaven
For us, weak and sin defiled, –
God, who is a man for ever.
Jesus, who was once a Child! [Refrain]

Amen.