Didst Thou Know?

Didst thou know, oh Bethlehem
      When travelers bustled by

Didst thou know, oh Bethlehem
      When travelers bustled by
That one still night–The mighty God
      Would in thy borders lie?

No room–O town of Bethlehem
      He owns each hill and den
Yet in thy stable manger
      Begins His walk with men

How small–O town of Bethlehem
      That fragile, infant child
Through whom mankind for ages hence
      With God is reconciled

Thy cold reply–“no room for thee”
      Through ages echo’d on
O Bethlehem, t’was God Himself
      Thy answer fell upon

No place to lay my head, He said
      No home to call my own
A cross they hailed His body to
      And thorns were made His crown

O Bethlehem–forever
      Deliverance is proclaimed
For all the sin from Adam hence
      Was on His body laid

But we like thee, O Bethlehem
      Must bid the Master in
O open all the stubborn gates
      For the eternal King.

~ Jenny Daniel