Love Came Down at Christmas

This hymn was originally published by English poet Christina Rosseti (1830-1894) in 1885.

With meter 67 67, tunes it has been set to include
  • GARTAN (traditional Irish) - perhaps the most commonly used today
  • LOVE (John Sebastian Matthews)

Today, the last verse is often started "Love to God and all people", rather than "all men".


The image used in the PowerPoint slides with background is © copyright James Yardley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Sheet music for purchase

Sheet Music Plus Homepage Many different arrangements are available, including ones by John Rutter, Joel Ramsey and David Huntsinger.



Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine,
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine,
Worship we our Jesus,
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men(*),
Love for plea and gift and sign.

(*) Often "all people" is sung here.

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