How far is it to Bethlehem
How far is it to Bethlehem. Frances Chesterton* (1869-1938).
This Christmas carol was written by Frances Chesterton on a Christmas Card, sent to friends in 1917. Percy Dearmer* may have been one of the recipients; he included it in SofP (1925), entitled ‘Children’s Song of the Nativity’. It had seven stanzas:
How far is it to Bethlehem? Not very far. Shall we find the stable-room, Lit by a star?
Can we see the little Child, Is he within? If we lift the wooden latch May we go in?
May we stroke the creatures there, Ox, ass, or sheep? May we peep like then and see Jesus asleep?
If we touch his tiny hand Will he awake? Will he know we’ve come so far Just for his...
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