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Hymn score of: Welcome, welcome, Holy Child! (Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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Welcome, welcome, Holy Child!
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Welcome, welcome, Holy Child!

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

1. Welcome, welcome, "Holy Child"!
  welcome to our world below;
everything is here defiled,
  sin has filled the world with woe;
    thou hast brought a cure for sadness,
    fountain thou of "joy and gladness".

2. Holy Child! a crown is thine –
  from thy word this truth we learn –
yet of royalty no sign
  can the eye of sense discern.
    All around is poor and humble,
    and because of this they stumble.

3. Promised Infant, come at length!
  Though a babe in arms we see,
without speech, and without strength,
  thee alone we own to be
    Lord of earth, and Lord of heaven,
    him to whom all pow'r is given.

4. Some may smile, in pity smile,
  some may mock, and some may scorn,
tranquil we remain the while;
  owning thee, though lowly born,
    shall we doubt, when angels could not?
    Shall we shrink, when angels would not?

5. Wondrous Infant, thee we own
  "Lord of all" beyond a doubt.
Every eye shall see thee soon,
  every ear shall hear "the shout";
    shout of angels lauding thee,
    what a day that day will be!

Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 12.

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