The Babe in Bethlehem's manger laid (Traditional)
Title: The Babe in Bethlehem's manger laid
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
First published: 1894 in Rev. Richard Chope: Carols for Use in Church (London: William Clowes & Sons);
Description: English folk carol from Kent. Text, melody and harmony are given as anonymous or traditional in Chope and in Shaw & Dearmer.
- Text, publication information and more sheet music for this carol from "The Hymns and Carols of Christmas"
Original text and translations
The Babe in Bethl'em's manger laid,
In humble form so low,
By wond'ring angels is surveyed
Thro' all His scenes of woe.
Now sing a Savior's birth,
All hail His coming down to earth,
Who raises us to heav'n.
A Savior, sinners all around!
Sing, shout the wondrous word;
Let every bosom hail the sound,
A Savior! Christ the Lord.
For, not to sit on David's throne
With worldly pomp and joy,
He came for sinners to atone,
And Satan to destroy.
To preach the word of life divine,
And feed with living bread,
To heal the sick with hand benign,
And raise to life the dead.
He preached, he suffered, bled and died,
Uplift 'twixt earth and skies;
In sinner's stead was crucified,
For sin to sacrifice.
Well may we sing a Savior's birth,
Who need the grace so given,
And hail His coming down to earth,
Who raises us to heaven.