Let the little children come to Me. Luke 18:16
Words: Christoph von Schmid, 1794 (Ihr Kinderlein, kommet, o kommet doch all). Translated from German to English by Melanie Schulte (1885–1922). Click here for more background information on the hymn.
Music: Schulz Johann A. P. Schulz, 1790 (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good photo of Schulte (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
Oh, come, little children, oh, come, one and all,
To Bethlehem’s stable, in Bethlehem’s stall.
And see with rejoicing this glorious sight,
Our Father in heaven has sent us this night.
Oh, see in the manger, in hallowèd light
A star throws its beam on this holiest sight.
In clean swaddling clothes lies the heavenly Child,
More lovely than angels, this Baby so mild.
Oh, there lies the Christ Child, on hay and on straw;
The shepherds are kneeling before Him with awe.
And Mary and Joseph smile on Him with love,
While angels are singing sweet songs from above.