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

From an 18th Cen­tu­ry man­u­script in the Firth Col­lec­tion of the Bo­del­i­an Libr­a­ry at the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Ox­ford.

Brown Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry, 1844 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William B. Bradbury (1816–1868)

Awake with joyful strains of mirth,
To celebrate the morn,
That brings glad news of Jesu’s birth,
And of a Savior born.

In lofty hymns your voices raise,
His mighty name adore,
And sound your great Redeemer’s praise
With shouts of joy therefore.

To Thy great name, blest Three in One,
Eternal praise belong—
Let heavenly angels join our lays,
And help us sing our song.