Look He Comes

St Nicholas with Christ Child
St Nicholas Church, Harpenden, Hertfordshire
Photo: Rosenthal/SNS
Look he comes, the one expected
Good St Nicholas we see
With your mitre and your crozier
Holy Bishop hear our plea
Make us all most glad as we
Wait for Christ’s nativity.
Look he comes, the saint of caring,
For the young, the poor and me,
In his bag, the gifts of plenty
Children run and shout with glee
Make us all most glad as we
Wait for Christ’s nativity.
Look he comes, the wonderworker
Miracles and legends tell
Of a man whose holy living
Speaks of how all shall be well.
Make us all most glad as we
Wait for Christ’s nativity.
Look he goes, in shining splendour
We are filled with joy and love
May this feast and celebration
Seal our faith in God above
Now in Bethlehem we see
Christ—his blest nativity.


Text: J M Rosenthal 1951-
For St Nicholas at Wade, Kent, 2012
Tune: KALMAR (Hela världen fröjdes Herran) 1676 Swedish

Musical notation PDF
or IRBY 87 87 77

Author’s note: The Swedish tune is well-worth knowing. The text has only this tune in mind while writing. It is no 4 in the Swedish Psalm Hymn Book; no 485 Lutheran Service Book & Hymnal, 1958.


By the Revd Canon J M Rosenthal, priest, St Nicholas Parish Church, St Nicholas at Wade, Kent, England UK. Used by permission.

Musical notation from The Runeberg Project, DRM-free files.

Mp3 files from The Cyber Hymnal and Oremus.

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