Scripture Verse

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast Thou ordained strength. Psalm 8:2


Words: Adapt­ed from Ro­bert T. S. Low­ell in Ca­rols of Hope, ed­ited by Cla­rence M. Sea­mans, Fred­er­ick S. Stan­ton & Fran­cis Black­mer (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ad­vent Chris­tian Pub­li­ca­tion So­ci­e­ty, 1906), page 164. First known pub­li­ca­tion was in The Po­ems of Ro­bert Low­ell (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: E. P. Dut­ton, 1864), pages 56–57.

Music: Es­wa­ti­ni Fran­cis A. Black­mer, 1905 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Low­ell or Black­mer (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Carol, children, Christ is here!
[or, Carol, Christians]
Carol for this Baby dear!
This is man, but God the more;
Sing beside the stable door!


Sing, O children, come and sing!
Praise our Christ, and praise our king!
Gladdest night, most happy morn,
Christ our Lord this day is born!

This our king without, a crown
In a manger is laid down!
Where the maid, with meekest hands
Wraps Him all in swathing bands.


Sing our best, both young and old,
Never heart this time be cold!
Never eye of faith be dim!
Come and love and worship Him!