See the little babyTune: AMEN (Spiritual)
Published in 15 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
|First Line:||See the little baby|
|Refrain First Line:||Amen|
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
|Instances (1 - 12 of 12)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|African American Heritage Hymnal #649||Amen||See the baby||[See the baby]||Psalm 89:52||2001||Jesus Christ | His Ascension and Reign; Jesus Christ | His Glory and Power; Jesus Christ | His Life and Ministry||Traditional|
|Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #233||Amen||See the little baby||[See the little baby]||1993||Hymns and Songs | Benediction||Traditional|
|Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #207||Amen!||See the little baby||[See the little baby]||1979||Christ | His Earthly Ministry||Traditional|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #299||Amen, Amen||See the little baby||[See the little baby]||Irregular||1990||Jesus Christ | Life||African-American spiritual|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #365||Amen, Amen||See the little baby||AMEN (Spiritual)||irregular||Luke 2:46-47||1987||Cross of Christ | ; Epiphany & Ministry of Christ | ; Songs for Children | Hymns; Christmas |||Afro-American spiritual|
|Sing With Me #88||Amen||See the little Baby lying in a manger||AMEN||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||2006||Know | Christmas/Birth of Christ; Songs with Non-Western Roots | African-American||Afro-American spiritual|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #208||Amen||See the little baby||[See the little baby]||Revelation 22:20||1996||Bible Narratives | ; Epiphany | Life||African-American spiritual|
|The Faith We Sing #2072||Amen, Amen||O see the little baby lying in a manger||AMEN, AMEN||Irregular with refrain||Luke 2:7; Luke 2:46-47; Luke 5:1-3; Luke 5:15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Peter 2:24; Revelation 22:5||2001||The Grace of Jesus Christ | In Praise of Christ||African-American spiritual|
|The New Century Hymnal #161||Amen, Amen||O see the little baby||AMEN||Irr.||Mark 3:7-10; Luke 2:7-47; Romans 6:6-10||1995||Christmas | ; Jesus Christ | Epiphany and Youth; Jesus Christ | Life and Ministry; Jesus Christ | Resurrection; Year A | Christmas 1; Year B | Epiphany 4; Year C | Christmas 1; Year C | Epiphany 4||African-American spiritual|
|Worship and Rejoice #249||Amen, Amen||See the little baby lying in a manger||[See the little baby, lying in the manger]||Mark 1:29-39; Luke 22:40-46; Matthew 26:36-46; Luke 2:41-50; Luke 2:16; Mark 14:32-42||2001||Service Music | Amen||African-American spiritual|
|Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #101||See the Little Baby||See the little baby||[See the little baby]||John F. Wilson||1996||African-American spiritual | African-American spiritual; Children | ; Cross | ; Crucifixion | ; Easter | ; Eternal Life | ; Story of Jesus | ; Resurrection | ; Sin ||
|찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #173||아 멘 아 멘 (Amen, Amen)||구 유 아 에 겨 신 (See the little baby)||AMEN, AMEN||Irr.||2001||어 린 이 합 창 곡 | ; 예 수 그 리 스 도 | ; Children's Choir Selection | ; Holy Communion | ; Jesus Christ | ; Jesus Christ | Life and Ministry; Service Music | ; 성만찬 | ; 예수의생애 와 사역 | ; 기도 /축 복 송 / 기타 |||African American spiritual|