Scripture Verse

Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10

Introduction

Words: Charles Wes­ley, Hymns for the Na­ti­vi­ty of Our Lord (Lon­don: Will­iam Stra­han, 1745), num­ber 3.

Music: Kirk El­la, H. Er­nest Ni­chol (1862–1926) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Charles Wesley
(1707–1788)

Lyrics

Angels speak, let man give ear,
Sent from high, they are nigh,
And forbid our fear.

News they bring us of salvation,
Sounds of joy to employ
Every tongue and nation.

Welcome tidings! To retrieve us
From our fall, born for all,
Christ is born to save us.

Born His creatures to restore,
Abject earth sees His birth,
Whom the heavens do adore.

Wrapped in swaths th’immortal Stranger
Man with men we have seen,
Lying in a manger.

All to God’s free grace is owing;
We are His witnesses,
Poor and nothing knowing.

Simple shepherds us He raises,
Bids us sing Christ the King,
And show forth His praises.

We have seen the King of Glory,
We proclaim Christ His name,
And record His story.

Sing we with the host of Heaven,
Reconciled by a child
Who to us is given.

Glory be to God the giver,
Peace and love from above
Reign on earth for ever.