I know not how that Bethlehem’s babe

I know not how that Bethlehem’s babe. Harry Webb Farrington* (1879-1930). This hymn was, entitled ‘Our Christ’. It had been written for a competition for a Christian hymn at Harvard: the Harvard University Library copy includes a letter from his widow, Dora Davis Farrington, detailing the history of the hymn. It was published in Three Pamphlets of Hymns (New York: World Peace Commission, n.d.). It was entitled ‘Our Christ’. It was reprinted in Rough and Brown (spirituals) (Bradley Beach, New Jersey: Rough and Brown Press, 1921; Second Edition, 1924): I know not how that Bethlehem’s babe   Could in the Godhead be; I only know the manger child   Has brought God’s life to me. I know not how...

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