Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10–11
Words: Fanny B. Earle, in the Primary Teachers’ Manual, edited by Christopher R. Blackall (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: American Baptist Publication Society, 1913), number 25.
If you know where to get a good photo of Earle (head & shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),
In the calm of that long ago night,
Far away on the Bethlehem hills,
There was seen a most wonderful light,
By the shepherds who faithful watch kept.
And the voice of an angel they heard,
Fear not, good tidings I bring;
To all people proclaim the glad word,
That a Savior is born, Christ the Lord.
Then the heavens with glad anthems rang;
Glory, glory to God, the refrain;
As the angel and heav’nly host sang,
On earth peace, and good will unto men.