Holy Child

The melody of this folk hymn comes from Southern Harmony, the 1835 shape note hymnal. The words and the SAB arrangement are my own.

Click here to download the music.

 

Gentle Jesus, Holy Child,

Born this night, in the dark and wild,

Come to save poor sinners here,

With thy saving grace, draw near.

 

Angels sang to shepherds there,

Easing nights of pain and care.

Let us all haste to thy side.

In thy presence let us bide.

 

Bearing gifts, came wise men three.

Gold and myrrh, they offered thee.

We, too, strive to do our part:

Willing hands and contrite heart.

 

Gentle Jesus, Holy Child,

Born this night to the dark and wild,

Come to save poor sinners here,

With thy saving grace, draw near.

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