Simply love in all its glory – new hymn for Christmas

Simply love in all its glory,
simply love with all its pain,
we retell the age-old story
masked in myth to take the strain:
strain of human understanding,
God with us, Immanuel named,
cosmic Christ with angels standing
round a crib: creation tamed.

Look with eyes not masked by history,
not constrained by things we’ve heard,
not obscured by fact or mystery,
so remote to seem absurd:
Jesus born a human being,
living love and hope and grace,
no more veiled, but clearly seeing,
meeting us in every face.

Andrew Pratt 10/12/2018


Words © 2018 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England,
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Andrew Pratt

Andrew Pratt was born in Paignton, Devon, England in 1948.

3 thoughts on “Simply love in all its glory – new hymn for Christmas”

  1. CALON LAN is a wonderful tune that could easily give one goose bumps. I especially liked the words to the original song that speak to pure hearts filled with virtue above all the riches in the world.


    After hearing it sung so harmoniously by Only Boys Aloud (catchy) I came back here to your blog, and hummed the tune adding your Christmas hymn. It works!


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