222. To Us in Bethlem City

1 To us in Bethlem city was born a little Son;
in him all gentle graces were gatherered into one:
Eia: eia;* were gathered into one.

2 And all our love and fortune lie in his mighty hands;
our sorrows, joys, and failures he sees and understands:
Eia: eia; he sees and understands.

3 O Shepherd, ever near us, we'll go where thou dost lead;
no matter where the pasture, with thee at hand to feed:
Eia: eia; with thee at hand to feed.

4 No grief shall part us from thee, however sharp the edge;
we'll serve and do thy bidding--O take our hearts in pledge!
Eia: eia; O take our hearts in pledge!

*"O joy: glad joy!"

Text Information
First Line: To us in Bethlem city
Title: To Us in Bethlem City
Author: Percy Dearmer
Meter: 7.6.7.6.4.6
Scripture: Psalm 23:2-3
Source: Cölner Psalter (1638) (based on a carol in )
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: BETHLEM CITY
Meter: 7.6.7.6.4.6
Key: F Major
Source: Cölner Psalter (1638) (melody)