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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Who Is This Child? A Hymn

Who is this Child?
A hymn by: Andrew M. Gilhooley
Set to the tune of 'Londonderry Air’ ( at ♪ (eighth note) = 80

Who is this child of whom angels sing great laud?
    Born in the humble town of Bethlehem?
Could this one be Jacob's long awaited rod?
    The king who springeth forth from Jesse's stem?
This is the Christ, Yahweh's Anointed Servant;
    The Holy One of chosen Israel,
Who'll bring salvation to kin near and tribes far;
    This is the Word made flesh, Immanuel.

Why did he come forth in such humble array?
    Laid in a trough and dressed with pauper's clothes?
Why was this prince born void of man's accolade?
    Visited by base shepherds, men of loathe?
For He came not for pomp but to bear our curse
    By being hung on the damned Roman tree,
And so redeem His elect from Adam's curse,
    And grant Abraham's blessing to the Greeks.

Why did He come to ransom wretches as I?
    Why was He born to suffer for my sins?
I cannot grasp such awful love from on high
    And joy'fly join the heav'nly choir a-kin:
"Glory to God who's enthroned in the highest!
    And peace on earth with those whom Thou delight!
We give Thee thanks, Triune God, the Lord brightest!
    For the greater Joshua born that night!"

Lyrics © 2012 by Andrew M. Gilhooley

--Andrew M. Gilhooley is currently a sophomore at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida. Among his hobbies are fishing, archery, playing piano, writing, and reading classic literature. Upon graduation, Andrew plans to attend graduate school and possibly enter into bible translation ministry.  

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