Child of the stable’s secret birthPublished in 4 hymnals
1 Child of the stable’s secret birth,
The Lord by right of the lords of earth.
Let angels sing of a King new-born--
The world is weaving a crown of thorn:
A crown of thorn for that infant head
Cradled soft in a manger bed.
2 Eyes that shine in the lantern's ray;
A face so small in its nest of hay.
Face of a child who is born to scan
The world of men through the eyes of man:
And from that face in the final day
Earth and heaven shall flee away.
3 Voice that rang through the courts on high
Contracted now to a wordless cry,
A voice to master the wind and wave,
The human heart and the hungry grave:
The voice of God through the cedar trees
Rolling forth as the sound of seas.
4 Infant hands in a mother's hand.
For none but Mary may understand
Whose are the hands and the fingers curled
But his who fashioned and made our world;
And through these hands in the hour of death
Nails shall strike to the wood beneath.
5 Child of the stable's secret birth,
The Father's gift to a wayward earth,
To drain the cup in a few short years
Of all our sorrows, our sins and tears--
Ours the prize for the road he trod:
Risen with Christ; at peace with God.
Source: The New English Hymnal #43
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|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #47||Child of the stable's secret birth||Child of the stable's secret birth||NEWTOWN ST. LUKE||Timothy Dudley-Smith, b. 1926||89 99 98||1 Corinthians 8:5-6; Colossians 1:16; Colossians 3:1; Luke 2:6-7; Luke 2:19; Mark 4:39-41; Mark 15:24; Matthew 26:42; Matthew 27:29; Philippians 3:14; Psalm 29:3-5; Revelation 1:15; Revelation 20:11; Romans 5:1||2000||Christmas | ; Christmas I | Year A|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #53a||Child of the stable’s secret birth||Child of the stable’s secret birth||MORWENSTOW||Timothy Dudley-Smith (born 1926)||8 9 9 9 9 8||1987||Christmas 1 | The Incarnation; God, Saviour | Promised and Incarnate|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #53b||Child of the stable’s secret birth||Child of the stable’s secret birth||SECRET BIRTH||Timothy Dudley-Smith (born 1926)||8 9 9 9 9 8||1987||Christmas 1 | The Incarnation; God, Saviour | Promised and Incarnate|
|The New English Hymnal #43||Child of the stable's secret birth||Child of the stable's secret birth||NEWTOWN ST LUKE||Timothy Dudley-Smith, b. 1926||89 99 98||1986||The Christian Year | Sundays after Christmas|