Scripture Verse

I bring you good news of great joy. Luke 2:10


Charles H. Steggall (1826–1905)

Words: From the Am­iens Bre­vi­ary (O Nox Vel Me­dio Splen­di­dior Die). At­trib­ut­ed by Duf­field, page 469, to Marc An­toine Mu­re­tus. Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Will­iam J. Blew, Church Hymn and Tune Book (Lon­don: Fran­cis & John Riv­ing­ton, 1852), alt.

Music: Mor­well­ham Charles H. Steg­gall, 1890 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Blew (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


All hail, thou night, than day more bright,
Through whose mys­te­ri­ous shade,
In won­drous birth, arose on earth,
From bo­som of pure maid,
The Sun new-born, a Star of morn,
Filling all the world with light!

He who alone, from Hea­ven’s high throne,
Rules all, and doth re­store
To God’s em­brace man’s fall­en race,
Lies on a cot­tage floor,
Like Him that we, save po­ver­ty,
Have naught to call our own.

While o’er their sheep close watch they keep,
Those shep­herds first re­ceive
The heav’n­ly call, that doth to all
Great joy and glad­ness give—
The call from Heav’n to watch­men giv’n
That wake and ne­ver sleep.