Love Came Down at Christmas

This Christmas 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 tune for the text now
  • HERMITAGE
  • WHITNEY
  • LOVE (John Sebastian Matthews)

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



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Examples

Contemporary duet - guitars and band instruments, music video style:

Boys choir with gentle organ:


Choir with piano - professional recording:


Song leader and congregation with piano:


Singer with organ:


Contemporary band, professional recording:


Lyrics

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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