With meter 22.214.171.124.6 with refrain, it is set to the tune PERSONENT HODIE composer unknown, from Piae Cantiones, 1582, and arranged by English composer Gustav Holst (1874–1934).
Church choir with organ:
Massed choir with orchestra:
Choir with piano:
LyricsThe lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1 Long ago, prophets knew ...
Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
When he comes,
when he comes,
who will make him welcome?
2 God in time, God in man ...
3 Mary, hail! Though afraid ...
4 Journey ends! Where afar
Final chorus ends "We will make him welcome".