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A Christmas Hymn to be sung to the tune of The Ash Grove
When Joseph and Mary so wearily wended
Their way from their cottage in Nazareths street,
Then slept with the oxen in Bethlehems stable,
And laid in a manger their Baby so sweet,
Enduring discomfort and squalor and hardship,
Compelled by a merciless tyrants decree,
Few were there on earth who in such tribulation
Gods greatness and goodness and glory could see.
Gods glory we see in the sun, moon and planets,
In river and ocean, in mountain and plain,
In flowers and butterflies, forests and gardens,
In moors with their heather and fields full of grain.
But angels sang Glory when in great privation
Our Lord came in Bethlehems manger to lie;
For His greatest glorys the glory of loving,
That led Him to suffer, that led Him to die.
Lord, give us Your glory, the glory of loving,
A love for all people, the great and the small,
For saints and for sinners, for friends and for strangers,
For black folk and white, like Your love for us all,
A love like Your own that for others is ready
To suffer great hardship if that should ensue;
You said that whenever we love other people
We also, in doing so show love to You.
Rathmell, North Yorkshire
This was a winner in the hymn competition in October 2000 organised by Settle Methodist Circuit. The theme was simply Christmas, and the tune had to be The Ash Grove.
Roland Howorth is happy for people to print his hymn provided that they print the exact words. He would be pleased to hear where it is being used . email Roland Howorth
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