Scripture Verse

The Dayspring from on high has visited us. Luke 1:78

Introduction

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Benjamin Keach
1640–1704

Words: Ben­ja­min Keach, Spi­ri­tu­al Songs: Be­ing the Mar­row of the Scrip­ture (Lon­don: John Mar­shal, 1700).

Music: Ar­nold Sam­uel Ar­nold (1740–1802) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know when the mu­sic was writ­ten,

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Adoration of the Shepherds
Peter Paul Rubens
1577–1640

Lyrics

Awake, my soul, awake, my tongue,
My glo­ry wake and sing,
And ce­le­brate the ho­ly birth,
The birth of Is­ra­el’s king!

O hap­py night that brought forth light,
Which makes the blind to see,
The Day­spring from on high came down
To cheer and vi­sit thee.

The care­ful shep­herds with their flocks
Were watch­ing for the morn,
But bet­ter news from Heav’n was brought;
Your Sav­ior now is born!

In Beth­le­hem the In­fant lies,
Within a place ob­scure,
Your Sav­ior’s come, O sing God’s praise!
O sing His praise for­e’er.