1 A world in pain, a baby's cry;
one dazzling night from times gone by
that gives us Anno Domini:
Year of our Lord!

2 A world enslaved, a baby's cry:
the child who spans the earth and sky:
the very man to crucify!
Such love; such woe.

3 A world of grief, a baby's cry;
so deep our tears, our joy so high:
these things stay with us till we die;
Where is our God?

4 A world at war, a baby's cry;
the worst, the best, the question Why;
what is our hope, and our reply?
Jesus is Lord!

4 A world of sin, a baby's cry;
bad news and good, none can deny;
God with us God we glorify,

Christopher Idle
© Christopher Idle/Jubilate Hymns Ltd
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