Scripture Verse

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


Words: From an 18th Cen­tu­ry ma­nu­script in the Bo­de­li­an Lib­ra­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ox­ford.

Music: Tru­ro, from Psal­mo­dia Ev­an­ge­li­ca, by Tho­mas Will­iams, 1789 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:


Awake, ye na­tions of the earth,
And ce­le­brate the Sav­ior’s birth;
With grate­ful hearts sa­lute the morn,
On which the Sav­ior, Christ was born.

The shin­ing hosts, on wings of love,
Flew swift­ly from the courts above;
With ac­cla­ma­tion from the skies,
And seized the shep­herds with sur­prise.

The heav’n­ly choir around did sing:
This day is born the Sav­ior-King.
They swell their notes to praise again,
Glory to God, good­will to men.