I had no idea that one of my favorite poets wrote the original lyrics or that it was even really a hymn.
Words: Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894), before 1886
Music: "Garton," traditional Irish melody
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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 be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.