- Written by Bruce Galloway
"Love came down at Christmas" is one of our shortest and- as far as I can tell- unsung hymns. We make excuses for not singing such songs. That's sad, because many unfamiliar hymns are the most profound. Written by Christina Rossetti in 1885, It has been set to music as a Christmas carol by many composers, including Leo Sowerby and John Rutter. It is also sung to the traditional Irish melody, "Garton." More recently, the poem was given a modern treatment by Christian band "Jars of Clay" on their 2007 album, "Christmas Songs." Ms. Rossetti was inspired to write "Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, love divine; love was born at Christmas, star and angel gave the sign. Worship we the God-head, love incarnate, love divine; worship we our Jesus, but wherewith for sacred sign? Love shall be our token, love be yours and love be mine; love to God and all men, love for plea and gift and sign."