Hark! The Herald Banjo Rings
O Come, Little Children
Performed by Greg Barlow on banjo and ukulele
Words: Christoph von Schmid (1768-1854).
Music: Johann Abraham Peter Schulz (1747-1800).
"O Come, Little Children" is a translation of a 19th century German folk song, "Ihr Kinderlein, Kommet". The words are written by Cristoph Von Schmid, a Catholic priest, educator, writer of children's stories, and later in life, canon of the Cathedral of Augsburg. Von Schmid was well know for his popular childrens books but also wrote this song and a few poems. Greg recorded this in the key of B on the banjo and ukulele.
O come, little children, O come one and all,
To Bethlehem haste, to the manger so small,
God's son for a gift has been sent you this night
To be your redeemer, your joy and delight.
He's born in a stable for you and for me,
Draw near by the bright gleaming starlight to see,
In swaddling clothes lying so meek and so mild,
And purer than angels the heavenly Child.
See Mary and Joseph, with love beaming eyes,
Are gazing upon the rude bed where He lies,
The shepherds are kneeling, with hearts full of love
While angels sing loud hallelujahs above.
Kneel down and adore Him with shepherds today,
Lift up little hands now and praise Him as they
Rejoice that a Saviour from sin you can boast,
And join in the song of the heavenly host.