See the little babyTune: AMEN (Spiritual)
Published in 12 hymnals
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Amen, amen, amen,
amen, amen, amen . . .
See the little baby . . .
lying in a manger . . .
on Christmas morning. . . .
2 See him at the temple . . .
talking to the elders . . .
how they marveled at his wisdom. . . .
3 See him at the seaside . . .
preaching and healing . . .
the blind and feeble. . . .
4 See him in the garden . . .
praying to his Father . . .
in deepest sorrow. . . .
5 Then they crucified him . . .
Jesus our Savior . . .
and he rose on Easter. . . .
*One person sings the stanzas while everyone else continues to sing
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st. 1 = Luke 2:6-7
st. 2 = Luke 2:46-47
st. 3 = Mark 3:7-12, Mark 6:53-56
st. 4 = Matt. 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42, Luke 22:39-46
st. 5 = Matt. 27:32-35, Matt. 28:1, Mark 15:21-26, Mark 16:1-7, Luke 23:26-34, Luke 24:1-8, John 19:16-18, John 20:1-2
A traditional African American spiritual, "Amen" arose from oral tradition; thus different hymnals contain variations in the text. Donald Hustad believes "Amen" probably comes from the twentieth century. With a choral arrangement by long-time promoter of spirituals Jester Hairston, this hymn was the theme song for the film Lilies of the Field (1963) starring Sidney Poitier. The text gives glimpses into Jesus' life: his birth (st. 1); his wisdom as a twelve-year-old, which astounded the temple rulers (st. 2); his preaching and healing ministry (st. 3); his suffering in Gethsemane (st. 4); and his crucifixion and victorious resurrection (st. 5). All text is framed by the repeated "Amen" responses; as we sing we reaffirm that “truly, truly, this is the gospel!”
Christmas Day; Epiphany; Lent; Easter; anytime with children; whenever you need a simple attractive synopsis of Christ's life set to essentially two-part music.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Instances (10)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|African American Heritage Hymnal #649||See the baby||Amen||Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen||Valeria A. Foster||Psalm 89:52||[See the baby]||G Major||English||2001|
|Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #233||See the little baby||Amen||Amen, Lordy, Amen, good Lordy||Horace Clarence Boyer (b. 1935)||[See the little baby]||G Major or modal||English||1993|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #299||See the little baby||Amen, Amen||Amen, amen||Nelsie T. Johnson||Irregular||[See the little baby]||F Major||English||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #365||See the little baby||Amen, Amen||Amen||Richard Smallwood||Irregular||Luke 2:46-47||AMEN (Spiritual)||G Major||English||1987|
|Sing With Me #88||See the little Baby lying in a manger||Amen||Greg Scheer||Irregular||Matthew 26:36-46; Matthew 27:32-54; Matthew 28:1-7; Mark 3:7-12; Mark 14:32-42; Mark 15:21-39; Mark 16:1-7; Luke 2:6-7; Luke 2:46-47; Luke 22:39-46; Luke 22:26-47; Luke 24:1-8; John 19:16-30; John 20:1-18; Mark 6:53-56||AMEN||G Major||English||2006|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #208||See the little baby||Amen||Nelsie T. Johnson, 1912-||Revelation 22:20||[See the little baby]||F Major or modal||1996|
|The Faith We Sing #2072||O see the little baby lying in a manger||Amen, Amen||Amen, amen||Nelsie T. Johnson||Irregular with refrain||AMEN, AMEN||F Major||English||2001|
|The New Century Hymnal #161||O see the little baby||Amen, Amen||Amen, amen, amen amen,||Nelsie T. Johnson||Irregular||Mark 3:7-10; Luke 2:7-47; Romans 6:6-10||AMEN||F Major or modal||1995|
|Worship and Rejoice #249||See the little baby lying in a manger||Amen, Amen||Nelsie T. Johnson, 1912-||Mark 1:29-39; Luke 22:40-46; Matthew 26:36-46; Luke 2:41-50; Luke 2:16; Mark 14:32-42||[See the little baby, lying in the manger]||F Major or modal||2001|
|Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #101||See the little baby||[See the little baby]||1996|