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 & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


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.