Love came down at Christmas


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 the sacred sign?

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


Words: Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), 1885

MIDI: Gartan

Meter: 67 67

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906      
The Book of Common Praise, 1908      
The Hymnal 1916      
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 Carols 10 Love came down  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
655 Love came down  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 067 Cumnor  
Songs of Praise, 1925 299 Hermitage  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 092 Hermitage  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938      
The Hymnal 1940      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950      
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 060 Gartan, Love Came Down  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 105 Hermitage, Love Came Down  
The Hymn Book 1971 422 Hermitage  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 243 Gartan, Hermitage  
The Hymnal 1982 084 Gartan  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983      
The New English Hymnal, 1985      
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 062 Hermitage  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 320 Hermitage, Love Came Down  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 131 Hermitage  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 317 Hermitage  
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 451 Hermitage  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 059 Hermitage  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 427 Hermitage, Love Came Down  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 170 Gartan  

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