Scripture Verse

Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10–11


Words: Anon­y­mous, in A Se­lect­ion of Ca­rols, Piec­es and An­thems (Lon­don: W. Kent, cir­ca 1860), page 13.

Music: Church Tri­um­phant James W. El­li­ott, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of El­li­ott (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Awake, arise, behold the day,
The birthday of the Son of God!
Come, sinners, now no more delay,
But seek redemption in His blood.

Oh! what a condescending grace!
He left His Father’s throne above;
Came down to save the human race,
With bowels filled with endless love.

The heavenly angels, with the news,
Came to the shepherds for to tell:
This day is born among the Jews,
God’s Son, the Prince Immanuel.

Oh! how the shepherds did rejoice,
At the glad tidings of our king:
And straight they heard a joyful noise,
The choirs of heavenly angels sing.

All glory be to God on high,
Who pitied sinful men forlorn;
Peace be on earth, good will to men,
The Savior of the world is born.