All creation, sing to your rightful King
who has come on earth to dwell;
Christ the Lord is born! See the new age dawn,
he is news to hear and tell.
He is Jesus, the Lord and Saviour;
God is with us, Emmanuel!

On from Bethlehem to Jerusalem
there are some who find him true;
but in Nazareth they have planned his death
and his followers are few.
But he gives them his final promise,
saying, 'Always I am with you'.

Since he loves his own, he must cry alone
in the garden as he prays;
till the soldiers' spears and the women's tears
seem to close his earthly days.
But he died for our sins; he is risen!
He says 'I am with you always'.

Many busy feet pass along our street;
will they reach where they intend?
Many hearts bear loads on our crowded roads;
O, to show each one the Friend
who says 'Come to me with your burdens;
I am with you till days shall end'!

All the power is his and his word is this,
though the kingdoms roar and rage:
'To the nations go, make disciples', so
as we learn from Scripture's page
he says 'Look! I am with you always,
to the end of this passing age.'

As we share his grace in the market-place,
we shall know his help again;
if the King is here, shall his servants fear?
He will speak as he did then,
saying 'Look! I am with you always,
to the end of the age'; Amen!


Christopher M Idle (b.1938)
© Christopher M Idle, admin. The Jubilate Group
Metre / Suggested tune:
10 8 10 8 9 8 / ST MARGARET