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Born in a stable he
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Born in a stable he.

"Thy holy child, Jesus." (Acts 4,30)

1. Born in a stable he,
  and cradled in a stall,
in whom his people see
  the very "Lord of all".
No wonder carnal men
  the claims of one should scorn,
so weak, to human ken,
  and so ignobly born.

2. Yet all the pow'r in earth,
  and all in heav'n is his;
entitled by his birth,
  he "Heir of all things" is.
"The First" he is, "and Last",
  who does not, cannot change;
the Future, as the Past,
  is his.   'Tis passing strange.

3. To those who judge by sense,
  the stable and the cross
are folly and offence,
  but theirs the shame and loss.
While Faith a glory sees,
  a majesty above
whatever outward is:
  the majesty of love.

4. All hail "The Holy Child",
  "The first-begotten" Thou;
by men on earth reviled,
  before whom angels bow.
The kingdom is thine own,
  the glory and the pow'r;
the praise be thine alone,
  both now and evermore.

Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 9.

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