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Who Is He In Yonder Stall
by Hanby, Benjamin Russell

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by Hanby, Benjamin Russell


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Genre: Hymns/Spiritual
Language: English



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Who is He in yonder stall,
At whose feet the shepherds fall?

'Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story!
'Tis the Lord! the King of glory!
At His feet we humbly fall,
Crown Him! crown Him, Lord of all!

Who is He in deep distress,
Fasting in the wilderness? Refrain

Who is He to whom they bring,
All the sick and sorrowing? Refrain



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Most people are familiar with this Ohio (USA) song writer for "Darling Nelly Gray" and at Christmas for such secular songs as UP ON THE HOUSE TOP, a favorite "Santa Claus" song of Children. However, Benjamin Russell Hanby also wrote one of the most powerful Christian hymns of Christmas in 1866: Who Is He In Yonder Stall?. What I really like about this hymn is that it leaves no doubt who the Christ Child is, what his life was like, what he accomplished on the cross, and what he is doing today. No ambiguity here!

Yes, this mighty Christmas hymn was written by the author of "Darling Nelly Gray" and "Up On The Housetop"! Amazed as I was when I first discovered that fact? This was not a one-dimensional fellow! There was variety in his music! Hanby, also, played many roles in his life: student, abolitionist, father, teacher, minister. But it was as a composer that we remember him.

The Hanby House, where he wrote his music, has been restored and is open for public viewing. If you should travel in Ohio, be sure to look it up. The Hanby House is at 160 West Main Street, between State Route 3 and Cleveland Avenue in Westerville, Ohio in Franklin County. --- by Bill Drennon, Central Valley Christian School, Visalia, CA

For more information, please visit http://www.cvc.org/christmas/whoishe.htm.



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